Don Quixote Analysis

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Don Quixote is considered the most influential work of literature from the Spanish Golden Age and the entire Spanish literary work. In Latin American culture Society is structured in a strata-rank system, with only certain expectations for those with a higher level on the social latter. Failure to meet such expectations brings shame, as does associating with one who does not “behave his status”. They do not like bringing shame to their families. The story is from an Early Modern Western perspective. The Story of the Stone (or Dream of the Red Chamber), is a Chinese novel by Cao Xueqin. It tells of an amazing garden, of a young man’s choice between two beautiful women, of his journey toward enlightenment, and of the moral and financial decline of a powerful family. Chinese culture is one of the world 's oldest cultures, tracing back to thousands of years ago. Cervantes, the author of the Don Quixote, is trying to portray the differences between the rich and poor in Spain by ridiculing Quixote. Quixote becomes obsessed with the idea of chivalry and running away from his poor status,…show more content…
Eastern Asians clearly had a very different view from modern Westerners, as well as an entirely different culture with its own ideas, values and their lifestyles. For example, the characters in The Story of the Stone seemed to value beauty in women above all other aspects, whereas the modern West values their intelligence and skills as well. The main difference I noticed, is that Eastern Asians held that their destinies and social status were pre-determined, whereas the modern Western belief is that every individual determines their own destiny through their actions, which stems from the birth of 'individualism ' in the Renaissance period. People in the Western Asian culture seem to have more freedom and have the possibility to move on up in social status. Like in The Story of the Stone, the Eastern Asian culture believes you will stay in the social status that you were born
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