2015 Student Research Conference:
28th Annual Student Research Conference

Attack of the Windmills: The Decision Making Process of Don Quixote
Rebecca L. Rogers
Dr. James A. Padfield, Faculty Mentor

Written in 1605 by Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote is a rich and colorful novel that chronicles the tales of a middle-aged, self-proclaimed knight-errant. Driven to questionable sanity by his age and many hours bent over his books, the man decides to set out to serve the public and earn glory for himself. Among his many adventures is the battle of the windmills, during which the knight attacks a field of windmills believing them to be fearsome giants. Upon further analysis of this decision, it becomes clear that Quixotes antics are not simply the acts of a madman. This event characterizes Quixote at the beginning of the transformative journey he takes throughout the story, by demonstrating his strong moral character and ironclad devotion to the pursuit of honor and upholding the chivalric code.

Keywords: Don Quixote, chivalry, decision-making , interdisciplinary


Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-1
Location: GEO-SUB
Time: 3:30

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