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  •  I have to admit... (1+ / 0-)
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    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

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    •  Reimagine one, you reimagine the other. (2+ / 0-)
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      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

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