DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA AND A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES:THE PROTAGONISTS AND THEIR RELATION TO THE WORLD Cover Image

Don Quijote de la Mancha y a confederacy of dunces : los protagonistas y su relación con el mundo
DON QUIXOTE OF LA MANCHA AND A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES:THE PROTAGONISTS AND THEIR RELATION TO THE WORLD

Author(s): Laura Ciochină
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Editura Universitatii de Nord, Baia Mare
Keywords: Miguel de Cervantes; John Kennedy Toole; somatic types; psychological attributes; the protagonists’ relation to the world;

Summary/Abstract: The aim of the present study is to analyse comparatively two characters belonging to two different literary, socio-cultural and historical epochs: Don Quixote and Ignatius Reilly, the latter being the protagonist of John Kennedy’s Toole novel, A Confederacy of Dunces. The study organizes around the following dimensions of analysis: the relation between the protagonists’ somatic types and their psychological attributes, their idleness as a central characteristic which paradoxically, later on, will unleash the explosiveness of their actions, the ideals and beliefs endorsed by the two heroes, as well as the manifestation forms of the conflict between the protagonists’ mission in the world and the opacity of a perverted and shallow society unable to gain insight into the profoundness of their soul.

  • Issue Year: XXIII/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 153-163
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Spanish