Don Quixote Analysis with Christian Perspective

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  • Read the work several times (maybe read parts of it aloud) making note of the features that seem particularly beautiful, inspiring, emotional, meaningful, or true. Consider the following questions:
    • How does the work help us better value goodness?
    • How does the work help us better understand Truth?
    • How does the work help us better recognize and appreciate beauty?
  • Focus your thoughts into an argument about how the work of literature helps us better understand aspects of the Christian faith.
  • Compose a thesis-driven, organized essay presenting your argument and using textual support for your points.

You should not do any significant research on the literary work, since the assignment is on your own reflections about it.

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Don Quixote from a Christian Perspective
The main character of the novel Don Quixote lives for the sake of his ideals. These
are chivalrous ideals of nobility, honor, and courage, which he has read about in his knight
novels. By themselves, these ideas are quite relevant to the values of goodness, beauty, and
truth, cultural and religious as well. We come to admire this character just for his striving
towards his ideals, and also receive a lesson of what is wrong with the naive approach to
these concepts.
Don Quixote becomes a wandering knight and on his way seeks to protect the weak
and the oppressed, while combatting enemies. The problem in Cervantes's Don Quixote is a
contradiction between the ideals of the character Don Quixote, and the actual reality, which is
not as perfect. Having read novels about chivalry, the main character saddles a horse and
goes out to fight against evil. In Don Quixote's imagination, the nag becomes a noble
fighting horse, Rosinant, and a country girl becomes a beautiful noble lady Dulcinea, to
whom he dedicates his knightly exploits. In this case, the gap ...

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