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Don Quixote

Don Quixote is a novel written by Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. The most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age, the novel tells of Don Quixote and his humble squire Sancho Panza and their many adventures.

Don Quixote by From G. Franz , dated 1883

I loved the stories of his adventures as a child, because the main character seemed fearless and up to all sorts of challenges. Regardless of what others think he sets out to fill his life with noble causes. 

Don Quixote de la Peida

Image by Gilberto Cabra

In the story a retired, impoverished country gentleman in his fifties by the name of Alonso Quijano goes insane from reading too many chivalric romances and decides to become a knight. He arms himself with rusty old weapons he collects from his barn and takes a decrepit farm horse as his war horse. He renames himself Don Quijote de la Mancha and quickly sets out on his quests.

Don Quijote and Sancho Panza, drawn by Honoré ...

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"Don Quixote's insanity is, in part, a form of higher wisdom; in his madness, he sees humble people as noble and elevated and challenges the rich and the powerful, often calling them monsters and villains; ecclesiastics are also targets of the wrath of Don Quixote." Source: Fajardo Acosta

Besides the many aspects that this story touches upon, I also find it rather interesting to see what happens to people once they are in the throws of retirement. Switching from a hectic life style to one of peace and quiet often leaves one yearning for days gone by. As this fictional character immerses himself in his books, I believe he also realizes that he still wants to do so much more than spend his days sitting idly around. What do you think?!

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