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Lecture 23 - Don Quixote, Part II: Chapters LXXI-LXXIV

Lecture 23 - Don Quixote, Part II: Chapters LXXI-LXXIV

This video was recorded at SPAN 300 - Cervantes' Don Quixote. González Echevarría focuses on the end of the Quixote. He starts referring to Cervantes' humor, which allows us to see humanity in contrast to the mad hero and thus appreciate everyone's folly. The novel's plot, with Don Quixote's repeated returns home, suggests that life consists of going and coming back, and this is probably why we approach the end by returning to the beginning. In his last return home Don Quixote has conquered himself. By accepting his defeat by the Knight of the White Moon, who is a reflection of himself, he accepts himself for what he is. In the process of returning, Cervantes has underlined that reality has become fictionalized in Part II independently of Don Quixote. Cervantes is aware that his hero, as we... Show More
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