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Don Quixote Book I Lesson Plan

Introduction to Don Quixote Book I

Considered to be one of the first novels in Western literature, Don Quixote is a much-lauded and pathbreaking work by Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes. The story embodies a number of themes that have driven subsequent literary efforts, including the travelogue (where characters leave home and travel to find adventure and new meaning in their lives); romance (where a character performs heroic deeds as acts of love and devotion); personal reinvention (where a person rejects the patterns of action and behavior that they have assumed in their everyday life and try to reimagine themselves as an entirely new person); and the comedic effects of misperception (where a character or characters...

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