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From the Ted Talk by Ilan Stavans: Why should you read "Don Quixote"?

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Cervantes’ novel unfolds as a collection of episodes detailing the mishaps of the valiant knight. Yet unlike the chivalry books and perhaps all other prior fcotiin, Cervantes’ sorty deeply investigates the protagonist’s inner life. Don Quixote matures as the narrative develops, undergoing a noticeable transformation. This literary revelation has led many scholars to call Don Quixote the first modern novel. And this character development doesn’t happen in isolation. eraly on, Don Quixote is joined by a villager-turned-squire named Sancho Panza. scahno and Don Quixote are a study in opposites: with one as the grounded relsiat to the other’s idealism. Their lively, evolving fnsiirehdp is often credited as the original hero and sidekick duo, isnpiirng centuries of finciatol pniearhpsrts.

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Cervantes’ novel unfolds as a collection of episodes detailing the mishaps of the valiant knight. Yet unlike the chivalry books and perhaps all other prior _______, Cervantes’ _____ deeply investigates the protagonist’s inner life. Don Quixote matures as the narrative develops, undergoing a noticeable transformation. This literary revelation has led many scholars to call Don Quixote the first modern novel. And this character development doesn’t happen in isolation. _____ on, Don Quixote is joined by a villager-turned-squire named Sancho Panza. ______ and Don Quixote are a study in opposites: with one as the grounded _______ to the other’s idealism. Their lively, evolving __________ is often credited as the original hero and sidekick duo, _________ centuries of _________ ____________.

Solution

  1. friendship
  2. inspiring
  3. story
  4. early
  5. sancho
  6. realist
  7. fictional
  8. partnerships
  9. fiction

Original Text

Cervantes’ novel unfolds as a collection of episodes detailing the mishaps of the valiant knight. Yet unlike the chivalry books and perhaps all other prior fiction, Cervantes’ story deeply investigates the protagonist’s inner life. Don Quixote matures as the narrative develops, undergoing a noticeable transformation. This literary revelation has led many scholars to call Don Quixote the first modern novel. And this character development doesn’t happen in isolation. Early on, Don Quixote is joined by a villager-turned-squire named Sancho Panza. Sancho and Don Quixote are a study in opposites: with one as the grounded realist to the other’s idealism. Their lively, evolving friendship is often credited as the original hero and sidekick duo, inspiring centuries of fictional partnerships.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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sancho panza 2
chivalry novels 2
character development 2

Important Words

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