Skip to main content

View Diary: Character names by Arthur Conan Doyle (65 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Man of La Mancha (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    elsaf, Aunt Pat, Nailbanger

    In Man of La Mancha, the fictional version of Cervantes talks about preferring to see the world as it should be, rather than seeing the world as it is. But that's the world-view the real Cervantes was satirizing.

    Cervantes didn't admire Don Quixote's "impossible dream" as the the writer of the musical, he uses Don Quixote to expose the ludicrous nature of the romances of the day.

    Those romances that Cervantes satirized are long gone. Today, we look at Don Quixote as someone to be admired for his ideals, but that wasn't what Cervantes was going for. But each generation reinterprets and repurposes the stories it inherits.

    I've read and loved both, but they are really different takes.

    The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

    by A Citizen on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 12:16:32 PM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  I have to admit... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Aunt Pat

      I read the original novel without context. I didn't know what Cervantes was satirizing.

      But, I think the character hasn't actually been changed, simply the perspective that we view him from.

      Cervantes wrote him as a clown. The modern audience, seeing from its own prejudices, sees the clown as noble.

      The character who has been re-imagined is Cervantes.

      Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

      by elsaf on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 12:30:40 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Reimagine one, you reimagine the other. (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Aunt Pat, elsaf

        When you reimagine Cervantes, you change his interpretation of his own work, and in doing so, you change the interpretation of the character.

        In the book, he makes a firm renunciation of his dreams of knight-errantry, while in Man of La Mancha, he renounces it temporaraily, only for his last act to be to recant his renunciation, and re-embrace his dreams of knight-errantry.

        In Don Quixote, his friends try to help him back to sanity for his own good, while in Man of La Mancha, it is strongly implied that his friends are being selfish, for example, the song "I'm only thinking of him".

        The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

        by A Citizen on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 12:50:56 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site