Don Quixote

(redirected from Don Quijote de la Mancha)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Don Quixote

 

(also Don Quijote), the hero of M. Cervantes’ novel El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha (2 vols., 1605-15).

While wandering about the ruined and oppressed Spain of the late 16th century, Don Quixote is always prepared to undertake knightly deeds in the name of love for humanity, even though life roughly crushes his illusions. The incongruity of the latter with historical reality leads to innumerable ironical and grotesque situations. Don Quixote embodies the tragedy of a humanist who becomes convinced that the ideals of justice and harmony in human relations cannot be realized. His tragicomic and humanistic meaning has universal human significance. Don Quixote, the “knight of the doleful countenance,” has been variously interpreted in works of world literature and art, and his name has come to be used to designate a man who is noble, bold, and magnanimous but remote from reality. Don Quixote has often been mentioned in the critical and journalistic essays of many Russian writers, including V. G. Belinskii, N. A. Dobroliubov, D. I. Pisarev, I. S. Turgenev, M. E. Saltykov-Shchedrin, F. M. Dostoevsky, and A. V. Lunacharskii.

REFERENCES

Turgenev, I. S. “Gamlet i Don-Kikhot.” In Polnoe sobranie sochinenii i pisem v 28 tomakh. Soch., vol. 8. Moscow-Leningrad, 1964. Pages 169-92.
Derzhavin, K. N. Servantes: Zhizn’ i tvorchestvo. Moscow, 1958. Snetkova, N. Don Kikhot Servantesa. Moscow-Leningrad, 1965. Servantes i vsemirnaia literatura: Sb. statei. Moscow, 1969. Predmore, R. L. The World of Don Quixote. Cambridge (Mass.), 1967.

M. A. GOL’DMAN

Quixote, Don

knight-errant ready to rescue distressed damsels. [Span. Lit.: Don Quixote]

Quixote, Don

spends his life redressing the wrongs of the whole world. [Sp. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]

Quixote, Don

falls into a trance and has visions of Montesinos and other heroes. [Sp. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]

Quixote, Don

ascribes all his misfortunes to the machinations of enchanters. [Span. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]

Quixote, Don

completely taken in by all the tales and plans of his squire and others who humor his delusions. [Span. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]

Quixote, Don

attacks windmills thinking them giants. [Span. Lit.: Don Quixote]
References in periodicals archive ?
6) As a matter of fact, Fernando Fernan Gomez played Don Quixote in Roberto Gavaldon's film Don Quijote cabalga de nuevo (1973) [Don Quixote rides again], and lent his voice to the animated RTVE series Don Quijote de la Mancha (1979-1981) directed by Palomo Cruz Delgado (Mancing 178).
The agreement signed today in Ciudad Real, Spain, by Gary Loveman and Aurelio Alvarez, chairman of El Reino de Don Quijote de La Mancha, S.
The knight returns home dejected and hopeless to forfeit his idealism and reject his quest: "Dadme albricias, buenos senores, de que ya yo no soy don Quijote de la Mancha, sino Alonso Quijano, a quien mis costumbres me dieron nombre de Bueno" (2: 1063-64; ch.
El vuelo de Clavileno finaliza con los dos protagonistas arrojados al suelo tras la explosion de los cohetes y en un rincon del jardin una lanza con un pergamino que con letras de oro anunciaba, a modo de profecia epica, el final de la aventura y el desencantamiento de la condesa Trifaldi y su sequito, asi como el de Dulcinea: "El inclito caballero don Quijote de la Mancha fenecio y acabo la aventura de la condesa Trifaldi, por otro nombre llamada la duena Dolorida, y compania, con solo intentarla.
Indice analtico de El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha por Miguel de Cervantes.