From midlife crisis to regeneration and personal growth: Cervantes' "Don Quixote" as a psychotherapeutic rehabilitation tool

Danielle Gurevitch

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Abstract

Don Quixote, the hero of the volume that bears his name, is traditionally identify as the eternal archetype of the aging
loser. If a person use the common phrase: "Do not behave like Don Quixote" he is actually asking to warn you not to
sink into a reverie. It was often suggested that Cervantes deliberately created a deranged hero who himself immersed
in hallucinations, based on Chevaleresque, medieval Knighthood tales that are completely detached from the "real
world".
Is that so? In this paper, I argue that through the exceptional hero, Cervantes creates a carnavalique illusion, which
enables him to play the game God. Through virtual reality experience created deliberately for the benefit of everyman,
represented by Sancho Pancha. Don Quixote, himself, who is acting as Merlin the Magician (rather than a chevalirique
knight), enables the implied author to guide the reader from the binds of history to the enriched imaginary, from the
forced artificial pragmatism to utopia, from the average and routine to the vision, aspirations and desires fulfilment.
Eventually, the he brings the apprentice, jointly with the reader, back to reality and its boundaries. However, upon the
crossing of the return threshold, Sancho- the everyman archetype has become a better man as he completed the
ultimate entire journey, or in short, have completed the journey and evolved from mid-life crisis to renewal and
personal growth
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)447-456
JournalAcademic Journal of Creative Arts Therapies
Volume4
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

ISSN 2312-3664

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