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Warm-up #12. What was unique about the Northern Renaissance? Which painting stood out the most from your picture analysis and why?. Don Quixote (don kee-hoh-tay ) (1605-1615) A novel by Miguel de Cervantes
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Warm-up #12 • What was unique about the Northern Renaissance? • Which painting stood out the most from your picture analysis and why?
Don Quixote (don kee-hoh-tay) (1605-1615) A novel by Miguel de Cervantes The hero, Don Quixote (don is a Spanish title of honor), loses his wits from reading too many romances and comes to believe that he is a knight destined to revive the golden age of chivalry. A tall, skinny man in armor, he has many comical adventures with his fat squire, Sancho Panza.
Pair-share • What is ironic about this story? • Why is Don Quixote considered to be “harmless”? • What message about chivalry does this story portray?
Miguel de Cervantes • Son of a poor doctor; did not have a humanist education • Cervantes’ adventurous life: • Fought in religious wars • Captured by pirates • Spent 5 years as a slave • Held government jobs • 1604: Don Quixote Part 1 published • 1615: published DQ II
Don Quixote Author: Miguel de Cervantes Culture: Spanish Date: early 17th c. Genre: satirical (parody) novel Names/terms to know: Don Quixote, Sancho Panza, Dulcinea, Sansón Carrasco, Marcela, & chivalry.
Don Quixote • Cervantes combines several genres into one. • His initial purpose: to satirize (make fun of a specific topic) the romances of chivalry, and to create a parody of a literary type characterized by mystical acts of valor, unlikely and complicated adventures, duels, and enchantments. • The novel was popular immediately.
The literature that had expressed the medieval spirit of chivalry and romance had degenerated by Cervantes’ time. • Don Quixote lives in a world created in his imagination, which was fueled by his obsession with chivalric tales. • He longs to resurrect this world of which he has read: chivalry, battles with giants and evil knights, and the rescue of virtuous maidens.
Reality • Don Quixote is not a knight, but an impoverished country landowner. • His ideals: love as ‘service,’ adventurousness, loyalty to valor and generosity. Tries to seek out wrongs and right them, to help those in need, to be full of valor in honor of his Lady (courtly love). • Like the Greek heroes, he wants his great deeds to be sung. • Don Quixote is characterized as a wandering hero. • His insanity is caused by reading too many books about chivalry (literature corrupts).
Lasting Legacy • Cervantes not only created one of the greatest comic figures of world literature, but with his realist and humanist techniques, some critics argue that he originated the modern novel. • Don Quixote – the Man of La Mancha – is 400 years old. • Miguel de Cervantes' classic novel first went on sale in January, 1605. • It remains the most published and translated book, after the Bible.
Movie Poster Hollywood decides it wants to remake the classic story of Don Quixote into a blockbuster summer movie! The director of the film has asked your advertising agency to create an iconic poster that will capture the audience’s eye. You must: Draw and color a poster that depicts one scene from Don Quixote. It must include the title. Include current actor/actress that will star in your film. A paragraph describing the story and author.