Don Quixote Book I Summary and Analysis of Book I, Chapters 11-15

Schedule I: Chapter 11-Chapter 15 Summaries

Chapter 11

Trying to find a place to sleep, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza stumble upon a group of goatherds. The goatherds are immediately friendly and curious about Don Quixote. The goatherds welcome Quixote and Panza to relax the fire and consume with them. Sancho declines the deal since he thinks it is inappropriate to sit and eat together with his master. After Quixote’s firmly insists, Panza agrees to join the group. While Sancho enjoys the wine, his master starts a very long lecture on the “jargon of squires and knights-errant.” The goatherds do not comprehend Quixote’s speech, however having picked up that the gentleman implies well, they appreciate his great will. Quixote ends his speech by calling them his “brother goatherds.”

Chapter 12

After the speech, the goatherds offer Don Quixote “some diversion and amusement” when Antonio gets here on scene. Antonio is a goatherd who composes ballads and enjoy songs. Antonio sings a few of his songs to the group. After Antonio’s song, another goatherd, Peter, gets here with sad news: A young shepherd called Chrysostom has actually died, heartbroken since of his unrequited love for Marcela. Marcela is a shepherdess who comes from a rich family. In spite of her fortune, she has refused to wed or be courted. This is extremely frustrating for the males of the town because Marcela’s appeal is unparalleled. Chrystostom’s death outrages the goatherds versus Marcela.

When Don Quixote reveals his unhappiness and compassion for Chrysostom, the goatherds invite Quixote to attend the next day’s burial service. Just as he did the previous night, Quixote invests the night wide-awake while others sleep. He spends these hours thinking about his girl, Dulcinea.

Chapters 13 and 14

Early the next early morning, Don Quixote has lots of alacrity: one would never ever guess that he had not had any sleep. On the roadway, the group comes across Señor Vivaldo, who is traveling in the same direction. When Vivaldo sees Don Quixote he asks him why he uses armor though he takes a trip though a safe and tranquil country. Quixote describes the order of chivalry and describes the English histories of King Arthur. Vivaldo appears pleased with the discipline and strictures of Quixote’s service, comparing the knight to a monk. Quixote argues that “we soldiers and knights truly execute what [monks and priests] pray for, protecting it with the strength of our arms and the edge of our swords.” As the company nears the funeral service website, Vivaldo and Quixote continue their conversation of the religious and spiritual elements of knight-errantry. Chrysostom has provided instructions to burn his works after his burial; Vivaldo pleads for Chrysostom’s buddy Ambrosio not to do this. At Ambrosio’s request, Vivaldo recites among Chrysostom’s poems, “The Tune of Anguish.” The poet mourns that Marcela never liked him. He likewise composes, “No common language can reveal” his discomfort. The gathered mourners approve Chrysostom’s song, disparaging Marcela as a cold vicious torturer. When Marcela appears on scene, she flatly declines the mourners’ argument. Initially, Marcela holds that not she, but God, is the liable developer of her beauty. Second, though Marcela’s beauty may win the love of others, the truth of being enjoyed does not require Marcela to enjoy her suitors, in return. Marcela states “I was born totally free” and she purposefully secludes herself “that [she] may live complimentary.” Marcela has actually never led any suitor to think that she loved him and, for her chastity, Marcela offers no apology. Marcela leaves suddenly, and Don Quixote defends the shepherdess, promising to kill any male who follows her. Quixote then persists after Marcela, providing her the strong services of a knight-errant. (She decreases.)

Chapter 15

Knight and squire retire to a grassy field to enjoy their lunch. Don Quixote’s horse, Rocinante, sees a small herd of fillies and he trots towards them. The Yangüesian horse-breeders strongly chase off Rocinante, and they attack Don Quixote and Sancho Panza also. Don Quixote is seriously wounded and the knight asks Sancho to carry him to “some castle where [he] might be treated of [his] injuries.” Sancho becomes disillusioned however Quixote repeats his guarantees: the knight and squire will quickly be “filling the sails of [their] desires” and Sancho will quickly have the “islands” that Quixote has guaranteed. Don Quixote reflects on his previous adventures and gains self-confidence by remembering the literary examples of worthy knights heroes who were likewise consulted with barriers. Fearless, Don Quixote decides that he and Sancho Panza will continue along their course. But Quixote can not stroll; indeed he can hardly sit upon his horse. Rocinante has suffered such a beating; the horse can hardly drag itself down the roadway, let alone assistance Quixote’s weight. Quixote sits upon Sancho’s donkey, and Rocinante, unable to lead, is connected (by the head) to the donkey’s tail. Luckily, Sancho does not need to have a hard time for long as there is lodging nearby. The two males reach an inn, which Don Quixote views as a castle. Sancho argues with his master and refuses to capitulate.


Bring up to another inn, Don Quixote is persuaded that the inn is a castle. In a sense, it is as if Don Quixote’s character is not developing at all. His misconceptions run deep however there seems to be a sensible structure. INN = CASTLE for Don Quixote and this equation does not alter till much later in the novel. The foreshadowing is normally grim: there will be mishaps, confusion, and violence. Don Quixote will trigger some unintentional damage. However these iterations become a growing number of funny. What follows for the rest of the novel, is almost entirely farce.

Unlike the tales of chivalry and middle ages romance, Don Quixote is an unique filled with citizens and regular individuals. Within the story, we can attribute this to the truth that Don Quixote is taking a trip the roadway: he is most likely to meet itinerants and rustics than landed gentry. In literary terms, nevertheless, Cervantes contributions to the genre of the unique helped the form to evolve as an expression of the “middle-class” instead of the upper classes. Along these lines, we see the “pastoral” theme in this area of the novel. The “pastoral” refers to pastures, shepherds and goatherds, and the concept that paradise exists beyond the town or town (outside of society). Real to custom, these herders give music and poetry, and they are dedicated to enjoy.

The goatherd named Chrysostom is named after a saint of the Roman Catholic Church.

St. John the Chrysostom was a medical professional who made the moniker “Chrystostom,” which implies “golden mouthed,” because he was an eloquent preacher. There is paradox in Don Quixote’s Chrysostom a love-struck poet who provides us the lyric: “For Ah! No common language can express/ the cruel pains that abuse my sad heart.” The saint was significant in spreading the gospel; the goatherd is inarticulate in revealing his discomfort, a pain that language is incapable of expressing.

Don Quixote long rant mentions the “prelapsarian” idea of Eden. “Prelapsarian” suggests in the past (pre-) the fall (lapse), describing the Fall of Male in the Garden of Eden. The concept, according to literary critics, is that language worked in an ideal way prior to Sin. After Sin, language likewise lost its excellence and became damaged. On one hand, the knight’s ranting helps to verify that Don Quixote really thinks that he is succeeding, regardless of the apparent proof to the contrary.

It is also intriguing to keep in mind that almost all of Don Quixote’s design knights are initially from Britain, France, or Italy. King Artús is just a Spanish translation of King Arthur. The importance of a nationwide literature is gone over in passages of Book II. Considering Cervantes’ decision to compose his novel in Spanish, as opposed to Latin or French, we can see Don Quixote as a Spanish option to the impractical and foreign literary productions that prefigured him.

In regards to characterization, knight and squire are continually explained through contrasts, though there is regularly a paradox included. Sancho Panza likes to consume and he sleeps peacefully. Don Quixote regularly abstains from food and beverage, and during the night, he remains large awake, as alert as a guard. But Sancho’s drunkenness never ever gets in the way of his reasonable, clear-headed thinking. And Quixote, though he is sharp and alert, is no less delusional. Behavioral qualities remain in paradoxical contrast to character functions that would suggest the opposite.

When Quixote does go to sleep, the next day, he chooses to dream “in imitation of Marcela’s lovers.” Don Quixote inhabits the role of “knight-errant” by mimicing his predecessors. When the knight finds modern love-sick medievalist fools, his reckless resolve is reinforced. The goatherds supply Quixote with more examples for imitation. As characters go, Marcela is really reasonable and sensible. She is a woman who is unsusceptible to the folly that appears contagious among the business of males. The theme of the “high-handed” woman who rejects romantic advances is not Cervantes’ alone, having actually been developed in the poetry of Petrarch, Shakespeare, and Edmund Spenser, amongst lots of others. Here, Cervantes critiques the “Tyrannesse” theme by allowing Marcela to react with logic. This does not take place in the older works.

Lastly, the theme of book burning recurs with the argument on whether or not to bury the dead guy’s poetry in addition to him. Simply as previously in the novel, the words are spared. This moods Cervantes’ claim of seeking to wipe out the books of chivalry. A dove-tailing occurs in Don Quixote, the books of chivalry are restated for a final time the modern unique offers the continuation. Books of chivalry do not require to be burned: contemporary books need to be written.

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