I recently finished Don Quixote (doing my own 'Great Books' study following S. W. Bauer's The Well-Educated Mind). I'm working through my thoughts on the book and would like to discuss it with others who have read Quixote (that's how I discovered this website).
What would you consider the book's most important event (a situation that causes the character(s) to change or behave differently?) I'll admit that I'm struggling with the answer to this question.
I've got a few thoughts about what it might be -
1. The last chapter - Quixote renounces books of chivalry. Obviously going from madness to sanity would be a changing point.
2. The first chapter - Quixote goes mad. Wouldn't have the book without that event, so I'd say it's fairly important.
3. When Sanson defeats Quixote and sends him home. An important event but I don't see a change in the character because of it.