Throughout this semester, we’ve had the pleasure of analyzing a magnificent character, Don Quixote. Many remember this man as a lunatic or even the inspiring knight he aimed to become. Personally, I view Don Quixote as a lost child, unable to give way to maturity who turns to escape reality through his knighthood fantasies. Ironically, the old man acts with vigor, bravery, and strength in spirit. To me, I believe Don Quixote resembles the good in the world, aiding others and conquering the doubtful. Don Quixote truly had no sense of self-awareness and rode into battle like an aspiring young boy. Scenes of Don Quixote yielding makeshift armor and attacking situations he didn’t understand simulates a child’s actions.
Sadly, Don Quixote’s valiant story had to reach its end. Overtaken with sudden maturity and realization of past foolishness, Don Quixote is stricken with grief. The man has lost his innocence and viewed lowly of the world. He denies all past experiences as false and looks back upon them as a grown man would his childhood. I will look upon Don Quixote with high regards, for he has shown true innocence.
In my First-Year Seminar class, my group is thinking about studying the humor behind Don Quixote De La Mancha for our final group project. We will begin to analyze the perception of the humor throughout the ages as well as the purpose of the humor. As I have already created a paper on this subject, I am very familiar with this idea and have already begun creating my opinion of such matters. I think further delving into this topic will allow me and my other partners to view new and interesting points to continue this idea. Further research will lead to new discoveries as well as formulating one comprehensive idea throughout three people. In order to cooperate and create a single idea that flows, we must listen to one another’s opinions and take each point of view. As Gaby and I have already written on this topic, we will use our past bibliographies as well as delve into new academic journals. Furthermore, we will create a gif that will represent our purpose in this group project and our main idea.
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In my First-Year Seminar class Digital Don Quixote, we have compared the differences between two scenes: the puppeteer and the feast held by the Duke and the Duchess. There are many similarities between these scenes, but one stuck out past the other assessments. The Duke and the Duchess have become the puppeteers of Don Quixote’s story, feeding his insanity with actors and lies of wizardry. Just as the father created the show entertaining Don Quixote leading to him jumping in to ‘save the day’, the scene fabricated by the duchess and the duke was intervened by the priest. The formula for these scenes seem to just have been repeated by Cervantes yet lead to another understanding of what feeds Don Quixote’s imagination.
“The garlic-stuffed hayseed, I’ll take you myself and tie you to a tree, naked as when your mother bore you, and I dont say three thousand three hundred, but rather I’ll give you six thousand six hundred lashes, and so well laid on you won’t be able to pull them off with three thousand three hundred tugs. And don’t say a word or I’ll tear your soul out.” (769, Cervantes)
Throughout history, many great artists have failed to create their projects they so adamant to complete. While reviewing a documentary, Lost in La Mancha, the viewers are introduced to a well renowned director, Terry Gilliam. Terry is a very eccentric character who has a distinct vision with a limited amount of leeway. As the aspiring director continues into the filming stages of the failed movie, Don Quixote, his vision takes over more than sense. While trying to portray the story through his eyes, he loses track of realistic issues developing such as funding and siting issues.
While having a massive opportunity for success, the film becomes a flop and many people’s effort goes unnoticed throughout the film industry. This film had a very opportune moment to reintroduce the novel into a modern time, yet due to mishaps such book may become unknown to many. Film has a beautiful way of introducing literature often forgotten in this fast-paced age, yet many will be without after such a sad tragedy in the film and literature departments.
In many ways, modern interactions through social media are similar to the interactions throughout the novel Don Quixote De La Mancha. Don Quixote, a man of great pride, creates another identity to escape his mundane life, becoming a self-glorified knight. Many start anew through social media, expelling past embarrassment and expressing the positive, self accepted traits of oneself. Don Quixote does the same, allowing people to see his valiant side of his personality. Through both, a persona is created to ignore and avoid accepting flaws while trying to make others view you in a certain light.
As well as hiding one’s true self away, the aspect of real and fake friends is very evident in both cases. In social media, people find themselves labeling strangers as friends in desire for acceptance from the community. Regardless of not always knowing people or being only acquainted, it is a social guideline to accept a friend request, becoming a “fake friend”. In Don Quixote De La Mancha, in his travels, Don Quixote meets many people who feed the flames of his imagination for pure enjoyment of the fool. In his eyes, Don Quixote has won affection over these acquaintances, but he will never see them again and has created a “fake friend” as well. In both situations, the desire for true friends isn’t fulfilled. I many ways, Don Quixote De La Mancha continues to become satirical, even in modern day.
The destruction of famous literature has been a tool of manipulation and control in many years before, as well as currently. People use literature as a way to gain advantage over people from burning books in both Don Quixote, history, as well as modern day. From the degree of trying to change Don Quixote’s perception of reality through burning and picking and choosing his literature to a dictator depicting what is appropriate and not, aggression has always followed suit behind.
While documenting lives and the desires in such lives, books have a powerful way of changing someone. Even in modern times, we see such destruction today almost equivalent to book burning. The destruction of many novels due to the transition into a technologically advanced time was heartbreaking. Future prints will continue to decline as getting something quick and easy is worth more than authenticity. The physical copy of books will be entirely unneeded and things that have changed the world so very thoroughly would be insignificant in the comparison to a new E-Book and Kindle. Not only is it common for the physical book to be ignored, yet the barbaric act of book burning has transitioned into our modern world. Modern book-burnings occur from religious texts to Fifty Shades of Gray by E. L. James. The destruction of books hasn’t dissolved, yet made a new appearance in a shiftier and less identifiable way.
A common issue with the Millennial generation is one that subsequently has a negative impact upon the future generations as well. The interest in Literature has dramatically dropped with results indicating that (1)“[T]he three youngest groups saw the steepest drops . . . The rate of decline for the youngest adults, those aged 18 to 24, was 55 percent greater than that of the total adult population.” As people had once talked about the books sweeping the nation, the new generations have shifted into chatter of a new and innovative game. The desire of literature is thinning while the average person strives to get their paws on the most recent shoot-em-ups.
In no way is this a reprimand towards games, yet a desire for the unification of such modern games and acclaimed literature. There’s a great opportunity between the visualization of video games and the strong screenplay depicted by the original style and purpose of the author. A combination of literature and games may lead to appreciation of future technological advances as well as the purpose of past literature and the impact it has had on peoples lives both individually and on a massive scale.
Many novels have introduced video games and vice versa, such as: Harry Potter, BioShock, Sherlock Holmes, and The Godfather. While having such industries combined directly leads to more attention and appreciation to literature, consumers can be introduced to a life-changing moral disciplinary book or just have a nice laugh at a recent novel. The interconnections of literature and modern advances in entertainment could lead to many discoveries and could impact the revival of a past novel.
- National Endowment for the Arts, Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, Research Division Report no. 46 (Washington, D.C.: 2004).
On the internet, it is very easy to change your personality and how you want people to perceive you rather than the way you are seen in everyday life. The idea of hiding one’s own flaws and imperfections easily outweighed the idea of being truthful. And so many, create internet identities as to hide their current lifestyle or create a fictitious, more interesting one. In my personal experience, I have done the same for a fresh new start. Growing up in the town I was born in, it was impossible to escape one’s embarrassment; people never let your little flaws escape their mind and always analyze your behavior without empathy. Then, the creation of an internet persona ‘Zoey’ was formed. It allowed me to be without self-consciousness as I could retain what information I cared to. I could be whoever I wanted to and escape society’s view on who I was supposed to be. The ability to start over led to self acceptance and allowed me to portray who I was or wanted to be.
In a way, I can personally connect to Don Quixote’s wish to be someone he only dreams of being. Don Quixote is quite the admirable character as he ignores society’s views and expectations of him. As an old man of his time, he was expected to be wise and humble, yet his mind was swift and daring. He had allowed himself to become something many only dreamed of. Personally, I kept my second life a secret; I hid from people’s judgment as I wanted to preserve the beneficial aspects of each life. My everyday life had become what many wanted. Yet, it felt heartless and fake while i’d retire to my digital and accepting world of becoming myself and finding who I really was. Don Quixote was admirable in the aspect that he wasn’t afraid of society’s views and allowed his mind to wander to his desires of slaying dragons and wooing fair maidens. Many could learn from Don Quixote and his personal acceptance.
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