Through out the names, we realize that there


Through the fictional of Don Quixote, the narrator tells us of his adventures through what appears to be historical facts. Although we see his character as a funny and enjoyable persona, those around him within the story see him as a person with a few loose screws. Then to piggyback on such thoughts, one of the neighbors sends a priest his way to cleanse him of his influences. Yet this priest was in fact an archbishop who happened to be in town and was extremely friendly with the townspeople. The priest decides to run some procedures on him while pondering what to do with his huge collection of books. At first he is suggested to have them all burn but he decides from them all which ones are worth not burning and which are not. This could be seen as a parody towards the Inquisition in the period and the involvement of the characters later in the story.Each character symbolizes something. The archbishop is the person who rules over the fate of the people. Then the housekeeper represents the irrational actions made out of fear by the mob. The barber works as a sort of police official who holds the unknown books the archbishop was unsure with by locking and keeping them from society. But as we find out the names, we realize that there is no real order as to why they are chosen. The priest simply chooses the books out of his own selfish reasons like the agreement of a specific content or the fact that the author is good friends with him. These books are kept out in the open and displayed while those who meet the unfortunate short end of the stick get locked up in a box under surveillance of the barber until the priests finds out what to do with them. Yet in the end, the priest grew tired and burned those he chose and just locked up the entire library and bothered no more with the books.We then read that the housekeeper told Don Quixote that the library had been taken over by an enchanter. We are made to believe that the actual madman of the story is Don Quixote yet when we look at the actions of the other characters, do they not fall under the classification of madmen? Why is it that when we read about Don Quixote, his mental state is judged hard core by the public who gracefully accepts the irrationality of the previous mentioned characters. But this is what drives Don Quixote to become the knight we grew up hearing about as children. This is when he meets with his “squire”, the uneducated but loyal Sancho Panza. Through his eyes we are able to tell the distinction between the fantasy seen through Don Quixote’s eyes to the reality they would be facing. Yet along the way we notice that maybe even Sancho is affected by his partner’s fantasies because he doesn’t clearly remember the name of his own wife. So in the end, who is to judge the irrationalities carried out by people if we ourselves may be affected in some way; we are not perfect beings. This is what I get from the book, that we cannot judge someone’s actions because in a way we would have done something irrational that seem justified to us but not others.

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