Tuesday, June 14th, 2011...5:44 pm

Don Quixote…master of his fate

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Don Quixote was truly the master of his own fate. He believed in himself and with that belief he conquered all foes, including reality. The author states “The idea that his whole fabric of famous fabrications was real so established itself in his mind that no history in the world was truer for him.” (Cervantes 27) So with this belief Don Quixana began an epic quest to become the greatest knight errant the world has ever known. With this belief Quixana a mere hidalgo described as being of the age of nearly fifty, robust in stature, and with dry skin, ascended to become  to Don Quixote de la Mancha. Don Quixote, a man of character, chivalry, and honor; well in his mind anyway.  With this simple belief that he was destined to be a great knight Don Quixote sought out first legitimacy for his delusional crusade by becoming first a legitimate and honoree knight.

And so, by now quite insane, he conceived the strangest notion that ever took shape in a madman’s head, considering it desirable and necessary, both for the increase of his honour and for the common good, to become a knight errant, and to travel about the world with his armour and his arms and his horse in search of adventures, and to practice all those activities that he knew from his books were practiced by night errant, […] (Cervantes 27)

So with this Quixote fashioned some shabby armor that he put together himself. A crude lance and shield made of leather, and a visor made of cardboard he rode his noble stead, a hack named Rocinante he searched for wrong doings to right. At no point had it occurred to Quixote that he is not a knight, everyone he encountered fell into two categories. Either they knew he was a madman and fed into his delusion, or told him the truth, only to be disregarded as illustrated by the following excerpt; ‘[…] had already suspected his guest wasn’t in the right mind, found his suspicion confirmed when he heard these words and, to have something to laugh at that night, decided to humor him;’ (Cervantes 36) Quixote sings his own praises and reveled in his knight errantry.  Moving from situation to situation no matter what proof was given to Quixote de la Manacha, he simply dismissed it. Even as he attempted to profess the love and beauty of his fair Dona Tolosa he was thwarted due to his own inabilities yet was unable to place the blame upon himself. Instead he blamed his misfortunes on his trusty steed Rocinante. ‘Flee not you paltry cowards; you wretches, bide your time. ‘ Tis my horse’s fault and not my own that I am lying here. ’ (Cervantes 47) Here we have a character who is dedicated his life to the goal of becoming a knight errant and going out charged with helping those in need. Wherever the oppressed dwell or those less fortunate are in need, Quixote is there to protect. However everyone who comes into contact with the great knight endure some small or large misfortune due directly or indirectly to the good knight’s involvement. The other side of the character Don Quixote is that of a completely amoral hidalgo because of his egotistical singular vision. So much is his vision that he has become tuned out of the real world and responds to know references to real world or relative sanity outside of his personal fantasies. Fantasies created and maintained by the fabrications of myths and stories that have fueled his cessation of living life as a simple hidalgo and ultimately with the real world.

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