Blog IX

June 19th, 2011 by Beheshta Mohammad

In Cervantes story we get a whole lot dialogue and through this reading of conversations between the characters we learn of the  discourse of the story and the time it actually takes for the event to occur. In Manfred Jahn in “Narratology: A Guide to the Theory of Narrative,” he writes “To determine story time, one usually relies on aspects of textual pace, intuition, and text-internal clues” (N5.2.2).  When reading The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha, Miguel De Cervantes, has many such episodes in his book where the event we read of might have taken us just seconds but within those seconds of reading years have passed.

“Yet not doing what he had to do wasnt a possibility, either; and so what he did, for the sake of peace and concord, was to draw his right hand away from the back of Don Quixote’s saddle and use it with great stealth to loosen the running knot that was all that held his breeches up, at which they slid down and encircled his ankles like fetters.[…]” (Cervantes 159)

Here in this quote Cervantes is describing Sancho wanting to use the restroom. Well he never gets to a restroom but having to go was no option. So he let it all out in the dark while he and he and DQ were traveling. Of course DQ finds out and is appalled by it all. Sancho goes on to blame DQ for it. This part of the book is about taking so long and being so descriptive when in reality all this can be done in a blink of an eye. Here we get the discourse and story time relationship because something that happens within seconds ends up be written out in more than a page of a book.

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