Throughout break, I have challenged myself to read the book, Don Quixote. I feel determined that I will finish it by end of summer. It is a challenging book because it is long and has a very complex plot. It is also a famous classic and the main character is tragicomic. When a character is both tragic and comic, learning about that character becomes complicated because it takes full knowledge of what it means to be comic and what it means to be tragic.
In fact, Don Quixote is meaningful to me because he is tragicomic. He is the only tragicomic character I know about in literature. I did a Spanish research project on the book and character last Fall. The moment I heard he was tragicomic, I was a bit confused. I had gotten used to comic and tragic elements intertwined in the same plot, but never in one character. While figuring out why Don Quixote is tragic and comic, I realized I knew more of what makes a character tragic then what makes a character comic.
This research project led me to wanting to see the musical movie, “Man of La Mancha”. That musical is based off of the book. Because of the importance of the character, the musical became meaningful. The musical’s best song is “The Impossible Dream”. The thing that I love about the musical is how the songs sound Spaniard and how it is a show within a show.