Don Quixote Author:Miguel De Cervantes In Don Quixote, Cervantes wasts no time in getting to the real objective of the book; before we know it, we are already aware of the hero as a harbrained knight who, having read too many romantic stories on knighthood, hits upon the idea of being a knight-errant himself. He has the noblest intentions and matches these with outdated armor, a bro... more »ken-down horse, and a fair lady worthy of his honors. To compound the burlesque, the author has Don Quixote set out on the hotest day in July--and the days on the Castillian plain can be really hot.
With his factotum at his side, Quixote goes about the countryside making his own decisions on good and ill, for he is a law unto himself. But just as nature strives to maintain a balance, so does Sancho Panza act as a corrective to all the extremes--and there are many--of his master. The contrast between the minds of knight and servant remains throught the entire book, much the same as the contrasts between our mind and body, our hopes and accomplishments, or our virtues and vices--in effect, life itself.« less