According to Anton Dumitriu, the illustrious philosopher and author of History of Logic (4 vols., 1977), the key question regarding Don Quixote from La Mancha is the following one:
“How can we understand the symbol of Don Quixote?”Anton DumitriuThrough this question, the mentioned author emphasizes the symbolic value of the central character from the famous novel written by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra.
Indeed, none of the characters of the masterpieces in universal literature – from Ulysses (Homer), Aeneas (Virgil), to Lord Jim (J. Conrad), Gabriel Syme (G.K. Chesterton), and Mr. Stevens (Ishiguro Kazuo) – exceeds the force of attraction of Don Quixote. Why is this “knight of the sad face” so interesting for millions and millions of readers from all eras and cultures?
As Anton Dumitriu says, “Don Quixote is a symbol of the universality of human nature”. His adventures with a comic allure are a subtle way to show us that every souls has to go through this earthly life so as to break the illusion of a profane world that has forgotten the greatness of Paradise. Yes, a mill can be a giant. Yes, an old and despised nobleman can be a great, unexpected hero. As in the case of every Christian, the key of a heroic and rewarding life is faith. This faith and only it can unveil the spiritual mysteries hidden beneath the dusty and uninteresting surface of things.
- Author: Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547 – 1616)
- Original title: El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha
- Original language: Spanish
- Genre: Adventure, humorous novel
- Publication year: 1605 and 1615
- Public: Adults, teenagers