Don Quixote: The Heroism of Sancho

“A hero is someone who understands the reasonability that comes with his freedom.” Music producer and song writer Bob Dylan once said, a hero isn’t always someone who saves lives or rescues people in distress, but someone who comprehends what is right from wrong. In Don Quixote written by Miguel de Cervantes, Sancho Panza is a simple peasant boy who follows Don Quixote de La Macha out of fascination, adventure, and importantly out of loyalty. He not only follows Don Quixote, but he becomes his personal squire to play along with with him on his magical journey. They come across tough situations where the reward for the quest is an empty promise for Sancho. He is the eyes, ears, and brains for Don Quixote. Sancho is able to keep him sane for the most part and translate difficult tasks from other people as they come across more characters.

Sancho is the portrayed as the masked hero because he uses his intelligence, charism, and loyalty to get out of tough situations that Don Quixote gets himself into. In Don Quixote, Sancho is always getting into some kind of mischief on their quest. But overall is able to talk his way out of situations to help Don Quixote continue on with his adventure.

A great example was when Don Quixote believes he is under an “enchantment” spell, Sancho and him are then captured by the priest to return home because of belief in fairy tale books and knight chivalry tales. Don Quixote believed that if one is enchanted he or she is not able to release body fluids. Sancho then figures out a way to convince Don Quixote that he is not enchanted by asking if he needed to use the restroom. Don Quixote did have use the bathroom, making him realize that one can not be enchanted if he has to use the restroom. Sancho helped Don Quixote back into reality to help him continue on his adventure. Many people might underestimate Sancho because he is a fool who believes in Don Quixote’s misconception from what is fiction …