The Binding of the Oath (L45)

How was Don Quixote’s knight-errant oath in conflict with his deathbed oath?

Don Quixote’s knight-errant oath was in conflict with his deathbed oath in every sense. His knight-errant oath was, first of all, not real; a knight alone could have dubbed him a knight himself, and he was simply under the illusion that this was the case. In reality, it was just right minded people making a joke out of a crazy old madman. His oath was of chivalry, and with it he was bestowed great authority, which he was not hesitant to impose on innocent passerby’s. At the end of his madness however, Don Quixote found himself repentant on his deathbed. He denounced all he had done and lived by; above all, his knight-errant oath, the ungodly and wrongful path he had fallen down. He asked forgiveness for having dragged others into his demise as well. Don Quixote’s deathbed oath was the result of realizing all the wrong he had done in his lifetime; whereas his knight-errant oath was the birth of his wrongdoing.

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