In life we need ideals to go along with our capabilities, and yet we can also dream. Don Quixote, a delusional wealthy farmer leads us frantically towards a route of mercurial imagination, but even so he sets on a journey as knight errant to aid the misfortunate, to right wrong deeds, and to correct social injustices. Meanwhile, showing modesty, bravery, loyalty, and self-sacrifice. On the other hand, Sancho Panza Don Quixote’s loyal squire is guided by practicality and self- interest, and so he anchors or minds back to reality. Together these two characters portray the intertwined aspects of life itself.
Don Quixote’s chivalric actions are reflected in the following quotes: “Discourteous knight, it is unseemly to attack a defenseless person. Mount your steed, and take your lance and I will teach you that you are acting like a coward.” (47) An enraged Don Quixote said to a farmer that was flogging a 15 year old boy on the back. The confrontation between the farmer and Don Quixote were not at all a good result for the boy, as he ended up more beaten than he already was. Nonetheless, Don Quixote never knew of the consequences.
While seeking adventures along the way Don Quixote lost yet another battle. This time against the giants or windmills. However, his intention was clear: ridding the world of monstrous giants. “Fortune is guiding our affairs better than we could have wished. Look over there, friend Sancho Panza, where more than thirty monstrous giants appear. I intend to do battle with them and take all their lives. With their spoils we will begin to get rich, for this is a fair war, and it is a great service to God to wipe such a wicked brood from the face of earth.”(68)
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...an refers to the idea that Don Quixote’s character alone was not enough to hold the interest of the reader, and thus it was necessary to introduce Sancho Panza. “It is the duality of heroes that turns what would otherwise be a short entertaining story into a long and very great book”(178)
In conclusion, Sancho has a better judgment of reality, but he is a delusional character himself because he loyally follows a crazy man that has promised him wealth and social status. Don Quixote might have lost his sanity but at least his motives are pure and noble, and despite his reality he accomplished in part his dream of becoming and knight-errant. In turn, they make a perfect couple because Quixote’s beliefs and moral values entangle with Sancho’s ambition. In the story we can observe that ideals, reality, and imagination are linked together just as in real-life situations.
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