One narrative aspect that attracts the attention of critical readers is the question of why Alonso Quijano, an established middle-aged man, would abandon his house. A second aspect also lies in the question of why he would realize such an abandonment through a triple evasion: his escape through the back door of the house represents a physical evasion; his adoption of the role of the fictional character of a knight-errand represents an evasion from reality; while his illusory self-transportation back to another era represents a temporal evasion. At the beginning of part two, Don Quijote offers a hermeneutic clue that establishes a relationship between the house and Alonso Quijano’s sanity. Although the topic of sanity has been thoroughly studied by other scholars, this article explores the connection between the house and its owner’s derangement.


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