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Why does Don Quixote attack the Friars he meets on the road?

Lesson Summary
Don Quixote decides it is sorcery that caused the giants to turn into windmills. Later, the two come upon a couple of friars traveling along the road and Quixote attacks them, believing they are evil magicians.

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Then, what happens when Don Quixote attacks the windmills?

Don Quixote battles the windmills because he believes that they are ferocious giants. He thinks that after defeating them -- all "thirty or forty" of them! -- he will be able to collect the spoils and the glory as a knight. However, when he charges the "giants," his lance gets caught in a sail.

One may also ask, why does Don Quixote free the prisoners? In chapter 8, Don Quixote frees the prisoners he meets because he thinks they have been unfairly imprisoned and oppressed. The prisoners are there because they are poor people that He thinks that is unfair for poor people who are forced into jail to serve the king for the committed crimes.

Subsequently, question is, what is so special about Don Quixote and Sancho Panza?

Don Quixote is a character who has read so many books on chivalry until he imagines that he is indeed a knight-errant. He is determined to solve problems in the world, but he often makes things worse. He has a neighbor who becomes his squire or personal attendant. His name is Sancho Panza.

What do the windmills symbolize in Don Quixote?

With their "long arms" and tall frames, they work as caricatures of giants. Another possible interpretation is that the windmills represent technology, the destruction of the past, and the loss of knightly values.

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