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"Confesar o morir": Faith and Ocular Proof in the Silk Merchant Episode (I.4) of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha

"Confesar o morir": Faith and Ocular Proof in the Silk Merchant Episode (I.4) of El ingenioso... <p>abstract:</p><p>The world that Don Quijote attempts to navigate in the <i>Ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha</i> is one in which vows are flawed, unsustainable, or completely absent, and where the dastardly effects of broken vows become both the cause and the product of violence. Chapter 4, with its incisive portrayal of the protagonist&apos;s systematic misunderstanding of promises and antipathy towards ocular proof, offers an early example of the <i>Quijote</i>&apos;s continual representation of the fallibility of vows and Don Quijote&apos;s attempts to overcome or overlook them. In particular, the silk merchant episode in the second half of the chapter engages questions exploring the foundation of faith. This episode dramatizes Don Quijote&apos;s problematic assumption that his chivalric code is one that all others must obey, while charting the etiology of violence associated with demanding visual evidence and exacting pledges of faith in the <i>Quijote</i>.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hispanic Review University of Pennsylvania Press

"Confesar o morir": Faith and Ocular Proof in the Silk Merchant Episode (I.4) of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha

Hispanic Review , Volume 87 (4) – Oct 24, 2019

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Abstract

<p>abstract:</p><p>The world that Don Quijote attempts to navigate in the <i>Ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha</i> is one in which vows are flawed, unsustainable, or completely absent, and where the dastardly effects of broken vows become both the cause and the product of violence. Chapter 4, with its incisive portrayal of the protagonist&apos;s systematic misunderstanding of promises and antipathy towards ocular proof, offers an early example of the <i>Quijote</i>&apos;s continual representation of the fallibility of vows and Don Quijote&apos;s attempts to overcome or overlook them. In particular, the silk merchant episode in the second half of the chapter engages questions exploring the foundation of faith. This episode dramatizes Don Quijote&apos;s problematic assumption that his chivalric code is one that all others must obey, while charting the etiology of violence associated with demanding visual evidence and exacting pledges of faith in the <i>Quijote</i>.</p>

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Hispanic ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Oct 24, 2019

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