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November 14, 2008

Dreaming the Impossible in Cervantes’s _Don Quixote_

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14 November 2008

ENG 225 Students:

As you know, listed next on our itinerary is . . .

. . . the text we will all read as a "common text": Cevantes's Don Quixote (see the TOC in Volume C for the page numbers). Although a student group (II) will be presenting on this topic over a period of two class meetings, you are STILL expected to read the text and be prepared for both discussion and reading-checks. As usual, you are always expected to enter your typed responses to any discussion questions prepared by either me or the group on the English-Blog--our commonplace online journal for reading responses--and on www.turnitin.com (if specifically directed by me) whether it counts as a quiz score or as a part of your class participation score (again, refer to our syllabus). Some of you were neglectful of this on the last work. For Don Quixote, I've decided to give you no blog/turnitin.com assignment so you'll have more time to read Hamlet.

Although each group will be giving their own quizzes for the texts they'll be presenting on, I reserve the right to proctor my own (even to the presenters) if I suspect that more incentive is needed to get you to do your homework assignments, i.e. your readings.

As you prepare for class and the final exam, there are many, many, good study aids for Don Quixote online. It is a well discussed and often-assigned work of literature in high schools and colleges throughout the world so, with a little effort, you shouldn't have a hard time finding summaries, synopses, character breakdowns, essays, and other forms scholarly engagement with this very famous story if, after reading it, you don't understand it. Some of the usual suspects include a discussion of Don Quixote on Barnes & Nobles' Sparknotes, Harvard University's Gradesaver, John Wiley & Sons' Cliffnotes, and Thomas Gale's Bookrags.

A great list of discussion and study questions (useful for your preparation for Group II's quiz and my final exam) can be found at the website of Professor Rebecca Wall (of Winston-Salem State University) for her "ENG 2301: World Literature I" course HERE.


Dr. Hobbs

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Posted by lhobbs at November 14, 2008 08:32 PM

Readers' Comments:

Myles Godet
Dr. Lee Hobbs
November 17, 2008
English 225

The second group’s presentation was based on Miguel de Cervantes’ tail of Don Quixote. This tail is based around Don Quixote and his companion Sancho. Don Quixote is in his own way a hero due to the fact that he goes around fighting what he considers to be monsters which are actually such things as windmills in order to protect others. Don Quixote’s friend Sancho tries to keep him in touch with reality. This tail is so well known that there have also been shows made with the same theme, and there is also a famous painting depicting the tail made by Pacaso.

Posted by: Myles Godet at November 17, 2008 12:06 PM

Anna Riss
Engl 225.01

5. Don Quixote:
Explain in a paragraph why Don Quixote turns down the young maid at the Duchess’s home, when she falls in love with him?

Posted by: Anna R at November 24, 2008 03:17 PM

4. Don Quixote- In the first story Don Quixote is seen as a man who helps the poor and defeats the wicked. How is he portrayed in the second story?

Posted by: alex.slavin at November 25, 2008 01:41 PM

Why does Don Quixote try to fight with the sheep? Also, what does he see them as when he is fighting them?

Posted by: Nichole T. at November 26, 2008 03:16 AM

In the story of Don Quixote, his readings of novels dealing with Knight Hood caused him to take numerous journeys proven unsuccessful. If Don Quixote had snapped out of his “fantasy” of being a Knight and was brought back to reality sooner would Don Quixote have seen what he has missed out on for so long?

Posted by: S.Tavares at November 28, 2008 03:54 PM

What relationship does Cervantes create between Don Quixote’s social class and is desired way of life?

Posted by: Joseph S. at November 29, 2008 12:36 PM

Don Quixote
With the actions of Don Quixote throughout the story is he considered insane or are his actions a choice?

Posted by: Walter P at November 30, 2008 11:38 PM

Don Quixote
Discuss the importance of reading books in the life of Don Quixote.

Posted by: Paola S at December 1, 2008 12:30 AM

Myron Kirchner
Extra credit exam questions

Don Quixote
Explain how Sancho Panza can be considered Don Quixote’s opposite, and how does he humanize the novel?

Posted by: Myron Kirchner at December 1, 2008 02:59 AM

What does Sancho Panza’s role in Don Quixote consist of?

Posted by: Quinten J at December 1, 2008 08:13 AM

4. Don Quixote – Explain and give examples to why Don Quixote is out of touch with reality.

Posted by: John Daniel at December 1, 2008 10:50 AM

In Don Quixote, the characters are varied and developed differently. The characters exemplify the subjects of imagination, pretense, truth, fact and fiction.� Using character descriptions, detail the relationship between Don Quixote and Sancho Panza to portray this. Use quotations to detail your answer.

Posted by: Neal Carter II at December 1, 2008 12:19 PM

Don Quixote:
1.) What are some examples of class in the story?

Posted by: Jonathan T. at December 1, 2008 12:24 PM

Strahil S

Engl 225.01


4. Discuss Don Quixote's perception of reality. What kind of knight is he? How does he fit in the his world?

Posted by: Strahil at December 3, 2008 07:49 AM

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