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Cervantes' Motivation for Writing Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes' best literary work, Don Quixote, maintains an enduring, if slightly stereotypical picture in the popular tradition: the tale of the obsessed knight and his clownish squire who embark on a faith-driven, adventure-seeking pursuit. But, although this very simple assumption has survived since the novel's beginning, and spawned such universally known theories or images just as quixotic idealism and charging headlong in a bunch of "giants" that are really windmills, Cervantes' inspiration for composing Don Quixote remains an untold story. Considering late night- and early sixteenth-century Spain from the perspective of a Renaissance person, Cervantes came to dislike many aspects of the age in which he lived, and opted to satirize what he viewed as its failingsnevertheless, during the composing of what would eventually become his most renowned work, Cervantes was torn with a philosophical battle which pervaded the Renaissance and its intellectuals - the battle of faith and reason. When Cervantes started writing Don Quixote, the most direct target of his satirical intentions was the chivalric romance. He makes this aim evident in his own preface to the novel, saying that ". . [his] lone aim in writing. . Is to invalidate the authority, and ridicule the absurdity of these books of chivalrythat include, as it were, fascinated that the eyes and judgment of earth, and specifically of the vulgar." Immediately after the beginning of the book, he shows some of these ridiculous and unbelievable writing of those novels: as Alonso Quixano - the man who makes the decision to turn into the knight Don Quixote, after going insane from reading too many of these romances - sits in his study, logically poring over his belo...