Don Quixote

In addition to the more obvious literary models for the protagonists of Ulysses found in the Greek Odyssey, the English Hamlet, and the Italian Divine Comedy, it may make sense to ponder also the Spanish Don Quixote. In a stray remark in Scylla and Charybdis, someone suggests that "Our national epic" will be written by drawing inspiration from this hugely influential early novel. Stephen, who has been thinking about how Shakespeare exemplifies the creative process, may well take the hint if he becomes the artist he aspires to be.

JH 2021

Illustration of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in Part 2, chapter 8. Source: www.online-literature.com.

Sancho Panza and Don Quixote in an illustration by Gustave Doré. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Gustave Doré's illustration of the aftermath of Quixote's encounter with the windmills. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Bronze statues of Sancho Panza and Don Quixote in front of the Cervantes Birth Place Museum, Alcalá de Henares. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Bronze statue of Sancho Panza in the Plaza de España, Madrid, sculpted by by Lorenzo Coullaut Valerain 1930. Source: Wikimedia Commons.