The Wise Leader Sancho

On April 4, 2014 by tuckerj17

SanchoPanza_RSC_Sostenibilidad_TelefónicaWhen Sancho becomes governor of his small island province, he begins to see clearer the faults of Don Quijote’s leadership abilities and develops his own while beyond the influence of the Don’s foolishness.  Sancho came into power on the island of Baratia, and immediately assumed his gifted leadership of the small region.  Upon arriving at the courthouse and his literal seat of power, Sancho quickly renounces being referred to as Don, since he nor nobody else in his family was born a nobleman.  He also quickly is presented with a multitude of issues that the townspeople need addressed, and he proceeds to address these issues with wisdom and clarity, proving himself a very capable leader.

Cervantes’ purpose in including this passage could have some underlying meanings.  Many of the noble leaders who came into power during the era of the ancien regime were by no means mentally or emotionally qualified to be in their leadership position.  In contrast to this there could have been many peasants or farmhands, who because of the class system, were never able to exercise their full potential in public leadership (such as Sancho).