Don Quixote

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The Mysteries of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza

In almost all novels there is a narrator, a person who guides the book from beginning to end. Sometimes there is a voice of reason, a character in the book that gives us the absolute truth and provides the answers to the most puzzling questions. In Cervantes’ Don Quixote, he creates many characters, all of which contrast with our view of Don Quixote. We must figure out who is the most reliable character, and who is the source of fallacy. Can Sancho Panza be that “Voice of Reason”, the character that we can trust to determine what is going on at a given moment in the book? Don Quixote tells us where he is, what he is doing, and what he sees but there is no way for us to know if what he is saying is true or completely fabricated. That is where Sancho Panza comes into play. He guides us through the book giving us his view and take on particular situations and we must read between the lines to get an idea of what is occurring. It is not clear from the beginning of the book whether Don Quixote is mad. It is possible to get caught up in the story and believe that Don Quixote is using his imagination in order to have a little fun. Before Don Quixote employs Sancho Panza there is no one to comment on Don Quixote and give us his or her point of view of reality. The point at which it becomes clear that Don Quixote has absolutely no control over his body is when he knocks a person out and smashes another’s skull in (39). Still we cannot be certain at this point that this has actually take place. We do not know whether to trust Don Quixote or the narrator or maybe neither. Cervantes is one of the first authors to use the technique of interpolated narrative. Cervantes brings the character of Sancho Panza into the book not only as a source of truth but to comment on Don Quixote and his behaviors. Sancho decides when…...

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