Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Modern Languages (B.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Michael McGrath


The story of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes is a novel that has transgressed throughout the years in the forefront of Hispanic literature. The story is a satire to most people, laughing about the idiocy of the books of knight-errantry. Don Quixote has been analyzed as such a comedy ever since its release, and this idea has affected the perspectives of everyone who has researched it before. However, an argument could be made that this is indeed not the only way that the novel can be seen. The idea that is purported in the following paper is that the novel is a complex analogy to how Cervantes was writing the story, with the main characters personifying parts of his psyche as he carried out the creative writing process. The story itself takes place within his mind, and through the manipulation of frame, he bares his mind for all readers to see on the page before them.