Also, why was Don Quixote written?
Cervantes himself states that he wrote Don Quixote in order to undermine the influence of those "vain and empty books of chivalry" as well as to provide some merry, original, and sometimes prudent material for his readers' entertainment.
Secondly, why Don Quixote is important?
Don Quixote is considered by literary historians to be one of the most important books of all time, and it is often cited as the first modern novel. The character of Quixote became an archetype, and the word quixotic, used to mean the impractical pursuit of idealistic goals, entered common usage.
What mental illness did Don Quixote have?
He had no job, aside from his self-administered task to read as much as possible, and therefore had no income, aside from selling portions of his estate. With this fulfillment of the final criteria, Don Quixote can, with reasonable and sufficient support, be diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Why did Don Quixote go crazy?
It is a book about books, reading, writing, idealism vs. materialism, life … and death. Don Quixote is mad. “His brain's dried up” due to his reading, and he is unable to separate reality from fiction, a trait that was appreciated at the time as funny.