The Humore Of Don Quixote De La Mancha
The Humor of Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes
Comedic or Instructional
Miguel de Cervantes wrote Don Quixote de la Mancha, in two parts. The first part was published in 1605, and met with almost immediate success, although Cervantes himself remained poor. A sequel to Don Quixote was published in 1613. This was, however, an unauthorized, false production. This book prompted Cervantes to author a second book, which appeared in 1615. The books appear to have been written in an attempt to satirize the tales of chivalry that were popular to the era, for instance the Arthurian legends, noted for their supernatural feats. However, the tale, though funny, also contains a significant amount of instances where a lesson seems to be being conveyed to the reader. This prompts the question of whether Cervantes meant this work as nothing more than a parody, or if the humor was intended as an aid for expressing a deeper lesson.
The story has very humorous tones, the first of these being the feigned historical pretenses for the tale. As the story unfolds, the audience is presented a complex description of the hero?s background. The reader
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