Study Guide

Don Quixote Genre

By Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Genre

Quest/Satire

The genre of Don Quixote is one of the most interesting things about it, since Miguel de Cervantes wrote the novel as a satire of another, pre-existing literary genre. This is why we call this book a "satirical quest." Don Quixote's story has all of the journeys, romances, and battles of a traditional quest tale, but while a quest story would treat these things seriously, Cervantes uses Don Quixote's madness to show the ridiculousness of the quest genreā€”not to mention the foolishness of those who love to read it... and love it a little too much.