In terms of the narrative of Don Quixote, Cervantes’ role is more complicated. The novel is written in the form of a first-person narrative, with Cervantes presenting himself as the editor of the story rather than its author. This creates an interesting dynamic between Cervantes and the characters in the novel, as he is both an observer and a participant in the story.
Role of the reader
The role of the reader in Don Quixote is also important. The novel is structured in such a way that the reader is constantly questioning the veracity of the events described, as well as the sanity of the protagonist, Don Quixote. This encourages the reader to engage with the text on a deeper level and think critically about the themes and ideas presented in the novel.
In conclusion, the role of the author and reader in Don Quixote is a complex and multifaceted one. Cervantes’ position as the author and editor of the story, as well as the structure of the novel, encourage the reader to engage with the text in a way that is both critical and thoughtful.
- Cervantes, Miguel de. Don Quixote. Translated by John Ormsby, Penguin Books, 1950.