S450 Cervantes' Don Quijote
Don Quijote, Part I: Capítulos 21 - 27
Cap. 21: El baci-yelmo (the basin-helmet)
A frequent chivalric theme is the quest, as the search for the Holy Grail.
Can the helmet situation be considered similar to this?
Pp. 154-156. As footnote number 42 notes, this is a perfect summary of a
novel of chivalry, specifically, Tirante el Blanco, mentioned in the
scrutiny in the library.
Pp. 157-158. Again the motif of nobility: what constitutes a person and his/her
greatness or nobility? Is it one's birth or blood? Or what? (In conjunction
with the idea of one's blood-line, note the many references to being an "old
Christian" in the novel.)
Cap. 22: Los galeotes (the galley slaves)
Who is the most important/significant of the galeotes? Why?
How does this episode tie into the novel (e.g., as regards the literary theme)?
How might it tie into Cervantes' life?
Note also the motif of free will (p. 163) and then the slavery/freedom motif
(p. 167): which might lead to the question "Is Don Quijote free (or a slave
Cap. 23: In Sierra Morena (a mountain range in south central Spain).
Why do Don Quijote and Sancho enter Sierra Morena?
P. 170. The missing/not missing/missing (etc.) ass. Read all of footnote
10 and pp. xx-xxii "Another Case in Point --The Robbery of Sancho's Donkey".
The opposing theory: Cervantes forgot to include the actual theft of Sancho's
ass at this point in the first edition; then when he (and/or the editor)
tried to amend the oversight in subsequent editions the problem merely got
worse [some of the confusion will not be as evident in your text since it
follows the first edition].
Why are many characters, such as Cardenio, introduced by means of poetry
What name or title is given to Cardenio at the end of the chapter? Why might
it be significant?
Cap. 24: Cardenio's story, part one. (Cardenio + Luscinda, Fernando + la
Why the interruption in Cardenio's story?
Note the many loco/cuerdo references here and in subsequent chapters.
Cap. 25-26: Sierra Morena, cont.
What are some of Don Quijote's reasons/models for doing "penance" here in
the Sierra Morena? Does he have some things he should perhaps really be doing
P. 196. Two different documents are inserted on this page. Why
do you think they are included? Are they literature?
The poem on pp. 200-201. Is this good poetry? Why or why not?
Cap. 27: La venta, and Sierra Morena, cont.
The priest and the barber. What is their plan? How and why does their plan
Cardenio's story, part two. Remember the characters: Luscinda, Fernando,
Dorotea (the story's not over 'till it's over).
Does Cardenio have any character flaws or mental/emotional problems?
Compare/contrast Cardenio and Don Quijote. Consider other ways in which this
character and his story fit into the novel.
Note that this chapter ends part three (of Part I).
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