Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, are Dumb & Dumber.
The 1st half of the book is without question the best part, the second half is a little contrived.
Can't figure out when my copy was printed, early 1900's. It has 3 illustrations; one across from the Title page and two others that must have come from another book that was being printed in the shop that day; they are completely pointless pictures simply tossed into the the book, probably to make it an "illustrated" printing.
So we are learning about obsession and the self delusion of a "leader," and the blind following of a hopeful believer. Similarities to today's political figures are hard to ignore.
It could be that this story is / was just an entertaining folly for the diversion of those who could read at the time of publication.
It's relevance today is to me in Sancho's observations and reactions to the callings, musings, and actions of his Knight.
Sancho has visions of grandeur... remember when you were told the "you can be anything you want" fable?
That only worked to disappoint those of who dream big. For those who had no dream we have the dutiful follower Sancho.
Sancho is the real "every man" mostly concerned about his next meal, and where sleep is to be had at the end of the day.
His endless quotes are excellent; Cervantes clearly had seen and listened allot.
Our Don on the other hand is like so many of us; looking for relevance by creating a world (in his head) where perfection lives, where rules are defined, and where I am special because I declare it.