Violence and Fame in the Quijote: Corporeal Manifestations of the Search for Identity Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • McAlister, Colleen
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
  • The goal of this paper is to examine manifestations of violence within the Quijote and how they relate to concepts of identity, fame and individualism in seventeenth-century Spain. The episodes to be analyzed include that of the prisoners, the confrontation between don Quijote and the Biscayan man, the two encounters with the servant boy Andrés and the penance in Sierra Morena. Violent acts committed by don Quijote will be studied from the perspective of his attempt to abandon the designation of a “hidalgo,” and become a “caballero andante.” This essay will take into consideration the debate between destiny and individual agency that was taking place in Spain in the seventeenth century, and how this relates to don Quijote’s quest to become a knight. It will explore the nature of don Quijote’s proclaimed knightly mission, and whether this was a purely selfless purpose. This essay will also attempt to answer why don Quijote chooses violence specifically as the means by which he attempts to establish himself as a knight.
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  • Dominguez, Frank
  • Perelmuter, Rosa
  • Hsu, Carmen
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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