Who is the better hire?

Wile E. Coyote

Wile E. Coyote is an enormously resourceful self-starter. Dedicated to the job, when he takes on a role he sees it through to the end. Over the years, he’s built up a good relationship with the Acme company and could bring useful contacts in this area with him. As skilled behind the drawing board as he is in the workshop, Coyote would be an asset to any business. Admittedly there were some problems on a previous job capturing a blue bird. However, put in charge of a project best suited to his particular talents, Coyote would be an excellent employee.

Don Quixote

Let’s address the elephant in the room: the windmills. Yes, there was a small incident of tilting at what turned out to be some windmills. However, in his defense, Quixote was not quite himself at the time. Excessive reading had caused his brain to dry which impacted his sleep causing a minor lapse in judgment. This is all in the past. Quixote has since slept well and woken from a dream to find himself fully restored. Wile E. Coyote on the other hand remains a slave to his dangerous obssession with a blue bird. This must impact his work productivity.

Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner were created for Warner Bros. in 1948 by Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese. The original concept was a parody of the already successful Tom and Jerry created eight years previously. The extreme and wacky ways in which Wile E. Coyote attempts to capture Road Runner were designed to be more exaggerated and over-the-top than the antics of the famous cat and mouse antagonists created by Hanna and Barbera for MGM. Don Quixote was written in two parts, the first published in 1605 and the second a decade later in 1615. Considered to be the first modern novel, Don Quixote is the 8th most translated book in the world. Cervantes’ masterpiece has spawned the adjective quixotic meaning extremely unrealistic and impractical – what better way to describe Wile E. Coyote’s attempts to capture Road Runner!

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