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tale is made up of three different parts, rich in escapades that will surely put modern day humor in shame due to the fact that Quixote’s adventures (and misadventures) tackle morality in the eyes of the so-called knight. The narrator states that the moisture of (Don Quixote’s) brain was exhausted from so much reading that he went crazy. This creates a self-deprecating humor centering upon the Don himself. The author Miguel de Cervantes himself says that he wrote Don Quixote in order to diminish the influence of those “vain and empty books of chivalry”, as well as to provide some jolly, unique, and occasionally sensible elements for his readers’ amusement. This story engages the reader in a way that makes the reader laugh, but also stresses back about morals such as the time when the Quixote abandons a boy, leaving him in the hands of an evil farmer simply because the farmer swears an oath that he will not harm the him. This can reflect on the contrasting scale between good and evil in which heroes are not necessarily inherently good and villains are not necessarily evil seeing that it all depends on one’s perspective. Cervantes’ narrative uses satire the way it was originally intended that leaps much levels compared to the Filipino humor often challenged for its misuse. The main humor in the novel arises from the slippage or gap between Don Quixote’s “insane” or abnormal foresight of the world and the true to life vision of what the world is. Don Quixote, an old man, has consumed so many romances of chivalry depicting high-born acts of knights guilty that he has been impacted with to conjure himself as a knight purely for love by Altisidora, the raunchy maid of the Dutchess. The maid eventually becomes the downfall of the knight signified by the part of the book where Don Quixote takes his leave of Altisidora one last time and says again that he cannot be with her. Altisidora finally snaps and tells him he’s an ugly old man and that she’d never love him. Don Quixote just shrugs and rides

away. As a chivalrous knight, Quixote respects the wishes of his so-called fair maiden. Take note that he cares not for the stinging insults, for just like every human being, he has his faults and he accepts them. Miguel de Cervantes’, Don Quixote - considerably named as the first modern novel - remains undaunted among the finest books written in the Renaissance period. As a new translation of the modern Spanish classic is reprinted, Harold Bloom claims that only the English playwright Shakespeare comes close to Cervantes’ genius. The psychopath, the academic, the aficionado. Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary canon. The knight in all cases, symbolizes malicious grit, in which the human spirit pushes forward although faced with many difficulties. This book is a must-read, for it will open your eyes on the true essence of human morality in the perspective of a tormented soul. joust

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