A prologue is used as an introduction to the story as well as the author. In Don Quixote, Cervantes addresses the audience as “idle reader” and goes on to explain that he is having trouble writing the prologue. He ends up getting help from an outside unknown character –
“Your first problem about the sonnets, epigrams, and eulogies written by important and titled people that you lack for the beginning of the book, can be remedied if you take the trouble to write them yourself and then christen them and give them whatever names you like…” (Cervantes 13).
The problem which is being addressed in this statement is revolving around Cervantes being unable to finish a certain aspect of Don Quixote. This statement continues with another speaker explaining ways for Cervantes to go about writing a prologue. Here the speaker is giving tips to Cervantes to make his life easier. It is interesting to see the author includes this in his text because it makes the rest of the novel seem unbelievable. By telling the audience that the ‘sonnets, epigrams and eulogies’ are going to be written by Cervantes, the reader may not seem as interested in reading the work. By not completing his job as an author, and choosing the easy way out further challenges Cervantes’s ability to be a great writer. As a reader, I felt that every word that was written in the novel could have been a fabrication or a made up story. The references made in the novel also raised a question to me because I was not sure what was true or made up. However, I also felt that the honesty in the prologue gave a different approach when reading this story. The irony and different point of views were easier to understand after knowing that Cervantes is explaining every detail.