Quixote offers tales involving knightly adventures, but they are illusionary and
Quixote's adventure always seems to result in disgrace for Sancho and himself.
|Quixote's values are those of a
chivalric age, but no one else's is. Chivalric values are out-of-place at best; at worst
they result in injustice and harm. Yet, they also haunt the scenes; perhaps, suggesting
what might be.
motivations include courtly love, pious faith, and desire for deeds of valor. But each of
these is overturned. Dulcinea is a farm hand. Quixote's faith seems more like madness, and
his valorous deeds include tilting at windmills and attacking herds of sheep.
|Cervantes stresses the dangers
of fantasy. Quixote at least deserves our laughter and pity. Does he offer anything more?
Quixote tends to light-hearted because it stresses the disparity between Quixote's
dreams and reality, as well as Sancho's low class humor.
tends to be loose in structure; it moves from episode to episode with little overall
structure or plan.