Don Quixote’s Oath

“What made Don Quixote’s oath differ from his deathbed oath?”

“Don Quixote” is a book written by Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Spain. It is about an older man who, after reading books upon books on chivalry, decides to become a knight and fight for “his lady”, Dulcinea de Toboso (in reality a peasant woman who he doesn’t even know).
As a knight he sees everything from a knight’s point of view: windmills are giants, women at an inn are “ladyships”, monks are thieves and sheep are an army. He also recruits a squire–a farmer from his village named Sancho Panza, who after being promised governorship over an island and being tired of his nagging wife, leaves with Don Quixote de la Mancha.

When he became a knight, Don Quixote made an oath to be chivalrous and defend the weak–a knight’s oath. However, on his deathbed he repented and realized that he had done wrong, had been foolish and wished that he could make up for any harm he had done people.

Really, his two “oaths”, or rather affirmations, differ in that for the first he was rather mad, a man living in a dreamworld. In the second, Don Quixote was back in reality, once again living the mundane life. That is how the two differ, they were made in different states of mind and with different intentions.

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