Don Quixote: madness as a re-knowledge

Cervantes in his book Don Quixote de la Mancha provides us with a perfect evolution of the madness of don Quixote from beginning to end, with which we understand that this is the matter he is most concerned about and it is this aspect of the novel which we will deal with. At the very start of the novel he shows us «one of those gentlemen…» who goes mad creating a delusion in believing he is a walking knight. Cervantes shows in the course of the novel how he manages to find peace with himself and he takes on a name he identifies with on his deathbed .The madness of Don Quixote allowed him to make a friend, travel around the world, meet different people, be recognized and feel the itches of desire. His madness made «one of those gentlemen […]» without a personal history into an Alonso Quijano through the travels of Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Dulcinea, Altisidora, freedom, madness, name, dialogue, death

Teresa Sunyé Barcons
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