The Unfortunate Life and Posthumous Fame of Miguel De Cervantes
Everybody who has read classical literature understands the title, Miguel de Cervantes, the author who wrote the novel”El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha” in 2 parts, the first in 1605 and the second in 1615. It altered literature forever became that great masterpiece, which was licensed as the primary literary work whose influences seem unmatched and endless. It’s only next to the masterpiece Bible in print that has sold more copies and translated into most languages around the globe. It may be surprising that with this much success, Cervantes led an unfortunate life, but his enormous fame for his book spread quickly before and after his death.In 1605, Cervantes published the first part of Don Quixote tells the story of a guy in his fifties who becomes obsessed with the centuries’ old stories about brave knights that he seeks out his own experiences. He’s dubbed a knight, but soon gets lost in his fantasy world, believing he’s an important knight. Probably the most well-known scene in the publication, is when the deluded Don Quixote fights a windmill, which he considers is a giant. Cervantes made many other comical scenes where the strange knight sees reality as a medieval fairytale. As the novel continues in the second book, Quixote finally regains his senses before the end of the publication.Cervantes tried writing books, plays, sonnets, and brief stories before 1613. But, his literary works were printed but they never left him famous nor rich. He wrote many literary works which didn’t become successful until after his departure. After he also wrote and published”Don Quixote”, like most writers in the moment he received no or little cash during his lifetime for a few of the world’s most famous literary production.Cervantes was a soldier that fought the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, sustained serious injuries in the conflict. He suffered from two torso wounds and his left hand was completely maimed. Despite his handicap, nevertheless, Cervantes continued to function as a soldier for several more years.Cervantes and Rodrigo, his brother, had been seized during their voyage with a bunch of Turkish ships on their way home to Spain. Cervantes then spent five years as an enslaved captive and made several failed yet daring efforts to escape his imprisonment. After he returned to Spain, he was employed as a provider of goods needed by the Spanish Armada but neglected to get the funds, which he could not help. As a result, he was put in jail, although it wasn’t his fault.In 1597he was put in jail again for financial issues. Here he began collecting ideas for Don Quixote based on his life and its influences.After Miguel de Cervantes died in 1616, his obituary could have summarized his life in this way: Cervantes was a fiscally bad soldier of misfortune. He served several years in many jails. He wrote and printed literature which few people read. But he wrote a book that immediately became popular globally, known familiarly as”Don Quixote” or”El Quixote”. The name”Cervantes” became synonymous with Spanish”speech” and”literature”. Each Spaniard recognizes the name,”Miguel de Cervantes”, and for many decades,”Don Quixote de la Mancha” has been required reading in Spanish classrooms. If Cervantes’ life had continued beyond 1616, he would have been Spain’s most renowned celebrity, as he has become today.