The essay intends to trace and to comprehend the subtle interplay of wit, sarcasm and humor inherent in the adventurous plot of the novel Don Quixote and trace out its functions in the plot and the thematic aspect of the novel…
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“Don Quixote” is considered as a very funny novel that is romantic and full of adventures and high spirits. It generates laughter at every level but the nature of humor and laughter in the novel is implicit at places which take the novel to a more sensitive and intellectual realm. The nature of humor and laughter in “Don Quixote” is not only entertaining and aesthetic but it also evokes element of intellect and sensitivity in the novel. Thesis Statement The essay intends to trace and to comprehend the subtle interplay of wit, sarcasm and humor inherent in the adventurous plot of the novel Don Quixote and trace out its functions in the plot and the thematic aspect of the novel. Humor Explicit: The Role of Rancho Penza and Don Quixote in Generating Humor and Laughter in the Novel At the outset of the novel itself, the readers get well aware with the skill of Cervantes in terms of dealing the elements of laughter and the facets that will generate humor in the novel with his immense grasp over the area and exercising them at length through the character delineation of Sancho Panza. A close reading and introspection to the character of Sancho Panza, hints at the fact that Cervantes derived materials for his novel from myriad sources and he was highly influenced by them as well. Chivalric novels, tradition pertaining to Carnival and some autobiographical elements loom large in the backdrop of the novel. Author Samuel Putman remarkably notes that the character of Sancho Panza is “the most humorous creation in the whole range of fiction” (Putnam, “The Portable Cervantes”, P 24). He further notes that Don Quixote is the first comedy that frames its humor on the base of “the incongruous clash of reality...
Since the date of publication, Cervantes’ masterpiece “Don Quixote” has been the best-seller and has been translated in more than sixty languages. The reason for such publicity of the novel pertains to its amusing quality that generates laughter and spontaneous humor since ages. Don Quixote is regarded by the writers and the critics as centrally located in the history of the novel. The immaculate tale of a man and his struggle in the immoral world where his world view is strikingly different from the real vision of the world, projects a cautionary saga of idealism versus realism. The humor intended in the novel is beyond any argument, one of the finest of its kind and apart from all the literary theories and anticipation, the novel has the capacity to amuse and relate human mind irrespective of language, culture and age.
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This research will begin with the statement that the key concept of part 1 of Don Quixote is a parody, the prevalent notion of chivalry and romance. Cervantes demonstrates how often comical interactions between chivalry and everyday life. Don Quixote in his madness assists to exemplify how injudicious the romantic notions are misguided.
Humor and laughter bestow adaptive benefits because both of these senses have an evolutionary origin. Every culture or society has some sort of influence on the way the people perceive something amusing or humorous. Although laughter is a common trait of all humans, but not every person considers everything appropriate for laughter.
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This paper is a literature review of Don Quixote as the title character in a novel where he exhibits an exemplary character and one would find him hard to understand. He brings out both sane and insane traits. He reads so many novels about knights and chivalry; they get so much into him that he ends up losing his sanity and goes on a quest to revive chivalry recruiting a farmer on his way.
He also decides to fight the wicked and help the needy. He leads an adventurous life for his this mission. Don Quixote regards himself as a chivalric hero who has the responsibility to safeguard any deprived person he meets in the way (El Saffer 122).
Interestingly, many of themes present in "Don Quixote" have a lot in common with Cervantes's own adventurous life, in which there were participation in wars, kidnapping by pirates, captivity by the Moors, attempts to escape, and finally return to Spain. In some part due to Cervantes's own biography his attitudes permeate the novel, as is the case for example with a marked distrust towards aliens.
Early in his life he was enlisted as a soldier. He was injured in a battle against the Muslims and lost use of his left hand in 1571. In romance and finances, the Servantes was quite singularly unsuccessful throughout his life, but he wrote quite prolifically, producing more than twenty plays and 2 novels in his life.
The book explores many things such as social and religious conditions of that particular period, the class structure, the haughtiness of the then existing Duke and Duchess and finally the class distinctions prevailing in the society. Throwing light on all of these