S450 Cervantes' Don Quijote
Don Quijote II, Chapters 46-56
Back at the castle with Don Quijote and his problems: cats and Altisidora.
Sancho and his doctor. Pedro (= rock) Recio (= tough, hard) of Tirteafuera
(= scram, get out of here). Note how his name fits him. The Duke's letter
(and the plot thickens).
Don Quijote and Doña Rodríguez. Note 1) the comical aspects
of this encounter; 2) the reason why she comes to request Don Quijote's aid;
3) why the Duke doesn't help her in this dilemma.
Sancho making the rounds of his "Isle". How's he doing?
Note the last sentence of the second paragraph (revenge, as applied to women,
or at least these two) and how it stands in contrast to the portrayal of
the Duchess in most of the rest of the chapter. Also, consider the portrayal
and contrasts of women in general in this chapter: peasant women, women of
the (local) gentry, women of high nobility. (And with all this about women
and the people from Don Quijote/Sancho's village, Don Quijote is completely
left out of this chapter: the even-numbered chapters have been dealing with
Don Quijote and the odd-numbered ones with Sancho.)
Sancho as governor: more tests or judgements. Any comparisons between Sancho
and other governors (or the Duke)?
Doña Rodríguez publicly requests Don Quijote's aid. This has
not been set up in advance by the Duke and Duchess, so they immediately arrange
the settle the matter (in their own way). As regards the letters, note the
second paragraph of Teresa's letter to her husband, where the problem of
runaway inflation is mentioned.
Read the first paragraph very carefully (with the motifs of change and death).
The battle in Sancho's isle. Does he suffer a defeat or enjoy a victory?
If a victory, in what does his victory really consist? (Note especially the
paragraph which starts in the middle of page 926.)
As an odd-numbered chapter, this perhaps should deal with Don Quijote; yet
only the first paragraph deals with him. Sancho gets the rest of the chapter.
Ricote is a Morisco (a Spaniard of Moorish descent); the Moriscos are in
the process of being expelled from Spain as Cervantes is writing Part II.
Ricote explain many details of this social/political/religious problem (starting
on page 932). Is Cervantes in favor of or against the edict of expulsion???
Sancho falls into the pit. Compare/contrast this with his master's descent
into the cave of Montesinos (and the "ascent" both of them made on
Clavileño). For a political interpretation of the episode, note the
words of the student (end of first complete paragraph on page 941).
As the first paragraph explains, duels --an almost intrinsic part of the
code of honor-- were prohibited in Spain at this time, but apparently frequently
took place all the same.
Compare/contrast Parts I and II as regards the theme and treatment of love.
Also as regards this Tosilos episode, note the actions of the Duke. Do you
think Tosilos will ever get to marry the girl?
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