Research Paper On Don Quixote

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Meriam Pacheco Salazar

When I was about five years old I would reach for my father’s typewriter, punch as many buttons as I could, roll out the paper, and run to him asking if, by any luck, I had been able to put together a word. I like to think this was the start of my affinity for reading and writing. Twenty years later, I am majoring in Spanish and Latin American Literature and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. I recently conducted research examining how the illustrations Asleep, Don Quixote fights the wineskins and Don Quixote reading, by French artists Charles Coypel and Gustave Doré, respectively, have been vital in the process of humanizing Don Quijote. I argued that despite using different approaches, Coypel highlighting the comical aspect and Doré emphasizing the sentimental aspect, both illustrators have provided a visual point of entry into the quixotic world which allows us to interpret Don Quijote’s reality from his own perspective, and therefore see him as human instead of a mad knight. …show more content…

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