Cervantes quickly establishes Don Quixote as a laughable character, so consumed by the chivalrous and romantic myths found in the novels he reads that he neglects his responsibilities, his family and his estate. The absurdity of Quixote’s attempts at noble knight-errantry become evident when he sallies onward on his pathetic steed, Rocianante, in rusty armor and a mak...
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...initially has towards Quixote’s whims. Because his pragmatic character naturally contests the aspect of Quixote’s character that Cervantes so frequently mocks, the novel is also giving merit to the spirit of reason that Sancho embodies.
So if Cervantes’ novel attributes value to reason and faith, two very contradictory ideologies, which school of thought is he ultimately supporting? Cervantes adds one more shade of complexity to his novel that asserts his favor of both reason and faith in conjunction. Initially, Quixote is the man of faith and Sancho of reason. However, as the plot progresses we see Sancho and Quixote develop a mutual respect for each other as the trademark characteristics of each become interchangeable. Sancho’s skepticism eventually helps to disillusion even Quixote further while he himself becomes seduced by the knight’s wild imagination.
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