Sample Paper on Religious Theme: Don Quixote

People hold on to religious values because they enable them to relate well to others, in addition to cultivating morals. In the Novel Don Quixote, one of the core themes that can be tied to religion is truth and justice. Christian devoutness, in addition to jiggles from other religious beliefs and philosophy, has worked to demonstrate truth and fairness in society. According to Cervantes, Saavedra, Jarvis, and Riley, truth and justice is demonstrated when Don Quixote dedicated most of his time reading the books of chivalry, which enlightened him on religious morals and social codes (22). Don Quixote was a gallant knight, but he never killed anyone who did not deserve death. However, many people did not take him with the seriousness that he deserved, but this did not restrict him from seeking the truth and justice for the weak.

Being religious involves perceiving the world quite different from how ordinary people do. It is a conviction that only a few people can understand, but people who understand Christian dogma do not mind what others would perceive them, as long as they are driven by their conviction. Don Quixote is quite romantic as he expressed universal truth to Dulcinea, his lover. Although people perceived him as mad and out of sight with the ordinary, Don Quixote knows that speaking the truth will enhance the love he had for Dulcinea. He does not forget that he is a knight who has to fight for the weak and destroy the pride of his enemies.

Every master expects his servants to obey him while the servants are expected to serve their masters with meticulousness. However, some masters mistreat their servants deliberately by denying them their hard-earned wages. The story of Andrew and his master depicts injustice and lack of religious morals. The master beat the servant because he wanted to exercise cruelty against a weaker person. What infuriated Don Quixote was that the master gave out a lame excuse for beating the poor boy, thus, meddling with the truth. It is against religious ethics to hide the truth and take advantage over those who are powerless in society. The thirst for pleasure exhibited by the Duchess and Duke is a creation of their own moral standard, which affected the lives of those around them (Richter 47-48). Most religions advocate for respect for others and seeking the truth, rather than relying on personal beliefs.

The desire for fame usually makes people to forget the practice of ethics and honesty. However, Sancho does not look forward for fame, which could lead to poor judgment and mortal desires. He termed such fame as vanity of the world, which is against the Christian religion concerning truth and justice. Don Quixote is advising Sancho to “overcome envy by generosity and good-nature, anger by sedateness and composure of mind” (Cervantes, et al 602). The truth, according to Don Quixote, could be found by seeking the extremes of praise, rather than lusting for power.

Religious beliefs enable individuals to search for truth and practice justice to their subjects. Don Quixote seemed to understand religious beliefs quite well, for he could comprehend that “the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom” and this has helped him to seek the truth from his chivalries (Cervantes, et al 602). The people of La Mancha did not allow a woman to get married to another man while his husband was still alive, as this could have amounted to injustice to the husband. Although Don Quixote and Sancho perceived the world differently, they managed to counsel each other through understanding the truth and following the world’s order. Knowing the reality did not restrain Don Quixote from maintaining his honesty, as knowing the truth transformed him to a wise man.

Works Cited

Cervantes, Saavedra M, Charles Jarvis, and E C. Riley. Don Quixote De La Mancha. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998. Print.

Richter, David F. “Don Quixote’s Demise: Games, Cruelty, And The Closure Of Representation On The Ducal Stage.” Confluencia 25.2 (2010): 43-55. Academic Search Premier. Web. 30 Sept. 2015.