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Friday, September 29, 2006

Duke Case: Don "Nifong" Quixote


He was seized with one of the strangest fantasies that ever entered the head of any madman. This was a belief that it behooved him as well for the advancement of his glory as the service of his county to become a district attorney, redressing every species of grievance and exposing himself to a high publicity trial which, being surmounted, might secure to him eternal glory and renown.

We are all prisoners of a madman. He is holding us hostage as he tilts at rapists.

Don Quixote
Mike Nifong

Don Quixote: wandering rogue
Mike Nifong: rogue district attorney

imaginary occupation
Don Quixote: foolish knight
Mike Nifong: foolish crime fighting prosecutor

cause of madness
Don Quixote: gone mad from reading too many books about chivalrous knights
Mike Nifong: gone mad from reading a book about a righteous lawyer & too many blogs

trusty squire
Don Quixote: Sancho Panza
Mike Nifong: Sergeant Gottlieb

delusional ideal
Don Quixote: chivalry
Mike Nifong: integrity

muse/imaginary maiden in distress
Don Quixote: Dulcinea of El Toboso
Mike Nifong: Crystal Gail Mangum

evil enchantment turns maiden into
Don Quixote: peasant girl
Mike Nifong: drugged & strangled sex worker

imaginary adversary
Don Quixote: windmills
Mike Nifong: Duke lacrosse rapists

Don Quixote: courts disaster
Mike Nifong: disaster in court

criminal freed
Don Quixote: Ginés de Pasamonte a.k.a. Ginesillo de Parapilla a.k.a. Master Peter
Mike Nifong: Kim Roberts a.k.a. Kim Pittman a.k.a. "Nikki"

Don Quixote: Nicholas, the barber
Mike Nifong: Ashley, the editor

key characters
Don Quixote: The Duke and Duchess
Mike Nifong: Duke and Brodhead

story is really about
Don Quixote: a man who lost his way in search of adventure
Mike Nifong: a man who lost his way in search of an election victory

Don Quixote: "the Good"
Mike Nifong: Liefong

Don Quixote: Dapple
Mike Nifong: Orin Starn

fictional writer
Don Quixote: Cide Hamete Benengeli
Mike Nifong: Duff Wilson

award nominations:
Don Quixote: world's greatest work of fiction
Mike Nifong: world's greatest legal hoax

Don Quixote: Don Quixote
Mike Nifong: "Everybody Plays the Fool"

Don Quixote: Man of La Mancha
Mike Nifong: Madman of Durham

From Sparknotes - Don Quixote de la Mancha:
No single analysis of Don Quixote’s character Mike Nifong can adequately explain the split between his madness and his sanity. He remains a puzzle throughout the novel case, a character with whom we may have difficulty identifying and sympathizing. We may see Don Quixote Nifong as coy and think that he really does know what is going on around him and that he merely chooses to ignore the world and the consequences of his disastrous actions. At several times in the novel, Cervantes validates this suspicion that Don Quixote Nifong may know more than he admits. Therefore, when Don Quixote Nifong suddenly declares himself sane at the end of the novel, we wonder at his ability to shake off his madness so quickly and ask whether he has at least partly feigned this madness.

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