S450 Cervantes' Don Quijote
Don Quijote II, Capítulos 22-32
On p. 695, Sancho says "cuando [Don Quijote] comienza a enhilar sentencias
y a dar consejos...". Sentencia in Spanish does not mean
"sentence" in the sense of a group of words with a subject and predicate.
What does it mean? What is Sancho saying, and why is this of interest? [Hint:
In what context does Quijote frequently use the verbs enhilar and
ensartar, with reference to Sancho?]
El primo. How does he come off? Why is he included?
Don Quijote's narration about the cueva de Montesinos. Is this reality,
a dream, or a lie?
Any possible reasons for the almost passing references to the hermit and
The story of the braying. Can "braying" be symbolic or indicative of anything?
How might this relate to what has gone before and/or after?
Maese Pedro y el mono. Again, how might it relate to the overall context?
The puppet show. (Avellaneda, in the False Quijote, had Don Quijote
in a somewhat similar situation, but it involved a real play).
Cuento del rebuzno (adventure of the braying, conclusion). Note the
reasons Don Quijote gives as valid for taking up arms (p. 742-743).
Conversation between Don Quijote and Sancho.
El barco encantado. Compare the molinos de agua here with the
molinos de viento in Part I.)
Note the last sentence of this chapter (p. 755); does it tie in with page
748 (and Chapter 27 and Chapter 25...)?
Capítulo 30: Los duques.
Cervantes is setting up a situation which will last for MANY chapters. As
you read through these chapters, you might ask yourself if there are any
examples of direct or indirect social criticism directed against these members
of the high nobility.
Reception in the palace/castle. Compare with the ventas in Part I.
The dueñas (ladies in waiting); according to Morel-Fatio, they
represent the feminine side of the hidalguismo theme.
El eclesiástico, with Don Quijote's answer. Is Cervantes
anti-church or anti-clerical? Or is there something else in this mutual attack
between the ecclesiastic and Don Quijote?
Cleanliness of beard/blood (Pierre Ullman and his ideas on the subject will
be discussed in class).
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