Study Guide

Don Quixote What's Up With the Title?

By Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

What's Up With the Title?

It's fitting that the title of this book isn't a real name, but rather the fake name that Alonso Quixano takes on when he decides to become a wandering knight. Over the centuries since its publication, the title Don Quixote has become a huge symbol in Western culture for any type of person who lets their imagination run away with them (ever heard the adjective quixotic?). Like Don Quixote, many of us like to think that there's a strong, admirable person inside us. But unlike the Don, most of us are able to keep our fantasies grounded in a stable sense of reality. Hopefully.