Cervantes’ combination of laughter and jest is still alive and well, with the actor delivering a punch line, and the audience having their merriment queued by laugh tracks played over the speakers. The drollness of Don Quixote proves that humor hasn’t changed greatly, even though it may be several hundred years old and translated from its original language. Cervantes wrote the novel to be amusing, with some scholars commenting, “Cervantes’ Spanish vocabulary is simple, based on two words, risa and burla. Literally, Sancho’s “jaws were clenched and his mouth full of laughter” (risa)… In the succeeding passage,...
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...n where many may be able to recognize his image and know at least a little of his story. Because of its explanation and history of humor, discussion on philosophies of deception and of madness, breaking of class barriers, and historical and cultural significance, Don Quixote should be taught in a high school English curriculum to allow and encourage students to obtain a better working knowledge of classical literature, tradition, philosophy, and humor.
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