Ph.D. Research Scholar
Dr. Jayatee Bhattacharya
Department of English
Lovely Professional University
Don Quixote, the masterpiece of Cervantes has been popular for the past three and half centuries for its wide appeal and universal qualities. It had a tremendous effect on the imagination of the people right from the moment of its publication. It had its amiable effect not only on Spain, but throughout the entire world. Don Quixote is a serious funny book, embedded with diversity and contradiction. Cervantes’ varied life made him uniquely qualified to write his masterpiece, Don Quixote. He had rich experience of life in many fields which enabled him to look to life from different perspectives. The aim of writing this paper is to give a close reading to Cervantes’s famous novel Don Quixote. This paper is an effort to look at the diverse views of critics concerning this important work of Miguel de Cervantes.
Keywords: Quixotism, chivalry, Hamlet, illusion, Don Quixote, adventure,
Cervantes was born in 1547, at a time when Spain was the richest, most powerful nation in Europe, the Spaniards had explored and conquered vast territories in the Western hemisphere, sending home gold and silver treasures by the shipload. In addition to Don Quixote, Cervantes wrote poetry, other novels, novellas, and dozens of plays. Major works of Cervantes are La Galatea(1585), Exemplary Novels(1613), Voyage to Parnassus(1614), The Travels of Persiles and Sigismunda (1617). Cervantes’ Don Quixote is a famous Spanish romance of early seventeenth century. The book has a considerable influence in shaping the course of English fiction. Cervantes started his novel with the limited object of ridiculing the books of chivalry which were popular in his days. But his imagination soured beyond his satirical intention and a literary classic was born.