June 15, 2011
“The idea that this whole fabric of famous fabrications was real so established itself in his mind that no history in the world was truer for him” (Cervantes 27).
At this point in the novel, the narrator has already introduced us to our main character, the insane Don Quixote. A man who spent most of his time reading stories and slowly losing his mind–he now believes that he is a knight errant–and now plans to travel around solving everyone’s problems. This quote is the beginning of Quixote’s change from a flat character into a round character as we see him develop into a “knight”. He even goes so afar as to travel to an inn–an inn which he believes is a castle– and spent the night (it only wound up being a little more than four hours) standing guard so that the inn keeper would knight him in the proper way. I question whether or not this could be implicit characterization; implicit characterization is the auto-characterization of someone’s physical appearance or behavior is indicative of a character’s trait. So one might think that the characterization of Quixote after his loss of clear mindedness is implicit because his behavior, along with the change in his mind, has gone off the deep end. Quixote has gotten himself so thoroughly involved in the fictions that he has been reading that he is unable to distinguish the difference between his world and the world of his novels. The diagetic levels within the novel change at this point: Quixote= matrix, hypernarrative = fictional world.