The Knight in Shining Armor Post #5

     Jahn discusses the narrative style of stream of consciousness where the narrator portrays the “disjointed character of mental processes and the layering and merging of central and peripheral levels of awareness” (Jahn N8.8).  This term is used “for the textual rendering of mental processes, especially any attempt to capture the random, irregular, disjointed, associative and incoherent character of these processes”(Jahn N8.8). In the novel, The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, the narrator uses stream of consciousness to explain Don Quixote’s craziness.  He reveals, “The idea that this whole fabric of famous fabrications was real so established itself in his mind that no history in the world was truer for him” (Cervantes 27).  Don Quixote is so consumed in his fictional stories of exaggeration, fantasy, and make-believe that he has begun believing everything he has read.  He has entered this world where all of his favorite stories have collided and took over his mental state.  Through stream of consciousness, the narrator shows that Don Quixote’s reality is in another world and his sane being is not present in his life in the real, true world.  Don Quixote enjoys the fantasy world of knights and princesses, because the books he has read has made their world appear so magical, so exciting for him.  He has encountered one entertaining tale after the other and has built a fictional world for him to live in.  The reality that he has created is what’s real to him now, and all of his knowledge and history derive from this new world since this is his new reality.  The fabric of the made-up lies he embraces has kept him clothed, covered, and sheltered in his true existence.

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