The Relation of Art to Life According to literary critic Lionel Trilling, “All prose fiction is a variation on the theme of Don Quixote.” Respond to the following questions: What do you think Trilling was referring to? How is Don Quixote a quest for meaning? What does the novel suggest about the relation of art to life? Is the novel a comedy or a tragedy? This is for a discussion post, and only needs to be one page.