Don Quixote - Quixotic Hero

Updated: 4/9/2020
Don Quixote - Quixotic Hero
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Don Quixote Lesson Plans

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Lesson Plans by Rebecca Ray

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes is the story of a man who goes to absurd lengths in the name of chivalry. Unwavering and possibly insane, Quixote and his faithful sidekick, Sancho Panza, boldly struggle against imaginary evils, to prove their valor.

Don Quixote

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Quixotic Hero - What is a Quixotic Hero and where do we see it appear in other literature?

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  • By definition, quixotic refers to a hero who is a dreamer, idealistic, and one who fights against extraordinary odds or obstacles, regardless what other people think of him. They also embark on what appears to be an impossible quest and succeed through their ironic failures.
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Walter Mitty
  • Dr. Mitty you saved my baby, thank you so much.
  • John the Savage
  • Romeo and Juliet are quixotic heroes. They each have idealistic views of love, make rash decisions, and stay persistent to be with each other, despite the obstacles they face. In the end, their failure to be with each other, which is their death, is what makes them succeed, ending their families feud.
  • In the novel "The Secret life of Walter Mitty", the reader experiences two sides to the protagonist. He is an ordinary man, without exceptional skills. However, it is his heroic nature shown through his daydreams that we can relate to. The man he wishes he could be ​inspires his readers to find him as an everyman hero and also a quixotic hero.
  • John's ideas of relationships, including sex and the way he follows through on his beliefs, are admirable. In a society based on sex, drugs, and partying, John remains moral - an idealistic trait in "A Brave New World". His quest for good and preservation of his morals lead to his untimely death.