Reading of Cervantes’ Don Quixote – González Echevarría

An interpretation of the great novel Don Quixote through the lens of René Girard’s mimetic theory. In mimetic theory, human love is always mediated by a third person who also works as a motivator.

Don Quixote

In the section of the famous novel that Echevarria interprets, Don Quixote interrupts a “reading” of stories by young people that was going to culminate in marriage. The interruption of the reading allows the court-like scene of reconciliations among the various couples and all restitutions which were made, as a reaffirmation of new social forms. Cervantes’ point is that mental life is made up of levels that mirror and distort each other.

Gonzalez Echevarria

Watch the professor’s interpretation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote