Here is the definition from Merriam-Webster:
1: foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous actionM-W.
2: capricious, unpredictable
Examples of QUIXOTIC
- They had quixotic dreams about the future.
- in this age of giant chain stores, any attempt at operating an independent bookstore must be regarded as quixotic
I feel like the standard, accepted usage of "quixotic" is slightly off, as it has come to mean something along the lines of fighting a hopeless or pointless fight in the face of certain failure, impossible odds, etc. But that seems to miss the element of choice that seems to be present in DQ's delusions -- he, to some degree, chooses to see the world as other than it is. And in doing so, by conforming his actions to his idealized world, DQ in fact ends up changing his "reality," by becoming a "famous" knight, [SPOILER] making Sancho the governor DQ imagined he would become, etc.
Anyhow, now that you've read (more than half of) the book, how would you define "quixotic"?