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Don Quixote or English learning
The character of the famous gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha and the plot of the book
This remark on Don Quixote is connected with learning English in a mediated way. Sometimes we may learn English and behave like Don Qixote scattering from one place to another without pusuing one goal and then we will not really learn English… Read the story and the plot of the book first and then jump into learning English but keep yourself vigilant on what you read and what you learn.
* Это реплика о Дон Кихоте связана с изучением английского языка опосредованным образом. Иногда мы можем изучать английский и вести себя как Дон Кихот, переезжающий с места на место без поиска какой-либо цели, и тогда мы на самом деле не будем изучать английский… Сначала прочтите историю и сюжет книги, а затем приступайте к изучению английского языка, но будьте бдительны к тому, что вы читаете и чему учитесь.
Don Quixote[a][b] is a Spanish epic novel by Miguel de Cervantes. Originally published in two parts, in 1605 and 1615, its full title is The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha or, in Spanish, El ingenioso hidalgo don Quixote[b] de la Mancha (changing in Part 2 to El ingenioso caballero don Quixote[b] de la Mancha).[c] A founding work of Western literature, it is often labelled as the first modern novel and one of the greatest works ever written. Don Quixote is also one of the most-translated books in the world and the best-selling novel of all time.
The plot revolves around the adventures of a member of the lowest nobility, an hidalgo from La Mancha named Alonso Quijano, who reads so many chivalric romances that he loses his mind and decides to become a knight-errant (caballero andante) to revive chivalry and serve his nation, under the name Don Quixote de la Mancha.[b] He recruits a simple farmer, Sancho Panza, as his squire, who often employs a unique, earthy wit in dealing with Don Quixote’s lofty rhetoric. In the first part of the book, Don Quixote does not see the world for what it is and prefers to imagine that he is living out a knightly story meant for the annals of all time.
The book had a major influence on the literary community, as evidenced by direct references in Alexandre Dumas‘ The Three Musketeers (1844), Mark Twain‘s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and Edmond Rostand‘s Cyrano de Bergerac (1897), as well as the word quixotic.
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