The Symbolic Death of Don Quijote

On April 4, 2014 by Harper

deathDon Quijote goes through quite a transformation throughout his two sallies that were discussed in this class.  In Part I, the tale told is more like a romanticized jaunt through the rural countryside of medieval Spain with intermittent episodes of humor, whereas in Part II, Don Quijote is confronted with reality of society and much crueler, less humorous pranks.  Don Quijote become so disillusioned when he is forced to return home that he considers hanging his rusty armor, which was once so dear to him, on a roadside tree in order to make the journey home more bearable.  Though he and his squire don’t actually follow through with this notion, the very image of a full-body armor set hanging from the tree is enough to conjure up images of death; Indeed, one could argue that it foreshadows the title characters actual death at the end of the novel.  The image of the armor, which was representative of nobility, that don Quijote wore throughout his picaresque journey being abandoned on a roadside tree signifies the end of his Don status.