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Posted on June 6, 2011 4:54 PM
For some reason I have the strong urge to tilt at a windmill! :)
June 6, 2011 8:19 PM
June 6, 2011 20:19
That's a peculiar perspective.
We tend to think of our work as our progeny e.g. an invention is considered being a brainchild and necessity is the mother of invention.
So I'm not sure what Cervantes is getting at or where he's coming from. Perhaps that your work defines you or that your full character is a result of your work?
Perplexing. Almost makes you want to put an old pot on your head for a thinking cap.
Dr. Bob |
June 6, 2011 11:19 PM
June 6, 2011 23:19
OK. A poll! I read the classic Don Quixote classic in High School in a Satire Class. We annotated the hell out of it , and discussed every prose (very big book). If you Google or Bing it, they keep saying it's fiction. While it is fiction, I maintain it's classic satire, right up there with A Modest Proposal. I know you guys are well versed. What ya'll think. Classic Satire or Straight Fiction?
June 6, 2011 11:54 PM
June 6, 2011 23:54
Satire. It's an artful screed on how reality is overrated.
HEY DR. BOB
I happen to agree with the idea that we are defined by our actions. Who I am is manifested by my works. Thoughts, beliefs, dreams, rhetoric...all just gas until they come into contact with the courage to act.
John Cox |
June 7, 2011 12:20 AM
June 7, 2011 00:20
I was always of the notion that Cervantes was borrowing from the Gospels.
"You hall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Every good tree yields good fruit, but a corrupt tree yields evil fruit. A good tree cannot yield evil fruit, nor can a corrupt tree yield good fruit. Every tree that fails to yield good fruit is cut down, and cast into the fire." - from Matthew 7
"Each tree is known by its fruit. Figs are not gathered from thornbushes, & grapes are not picked from bramble bushes." - from Luke 6
There's also the parable of the vine & the branches from John 15. In plain English, it translates to 3 longish paragraphs.
Well, it is fiction, but it's also satire. It's been a long time since I read it, but one thing I got from it is that it lampooned the follies of idealism, & I got the impression that my Leftist/Marxist teachers/profs felt like such books were directed at them. Therefore, they tried to either marginalize the works or use editions that were abridged to death.
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