Don Juan’s Hilarious Excuse

Don Juan is such a colorful character. He is a very personable, young, trickster. In a way he is a magician. He makes an illusion of what he really isn’t. He uses his flowery language to persuade the lovely ladies into falling in love with him. Although the exact time period is not stated, it can be assumed that “Don Juan” takes place in the far past. Part of the reason why women are tricked by Don Juan is due to their plainness. Charlotte, for example, is a peasant and is uneducated. Although she has learned that many “court folk are cajolers” she instantly falls in love with him after she has a slight argument with her husband to be (Act II, Scene 2).

Even more hilarious is that in Act I Scene 2, Don Juan’s monologue justifies his actions of deceiving and playing with women. “What? Do you want us to bind ourselves…so that I might extend my amorous conquests there” (339). Don Juan not only questions, but also rebels against society’s norm of settling down with one woman. Beauty enchants him and he has to pay respect to the fair lady by giving her his heart. It sounds very superficial but, furthermore Don Juan claims that “nature requires” him to do so. Don Juan kind of has it set up for himself to die. He is disrespecting God and the social norms of his era and this foreshadows his death by heaven. Don Juan adapts the concept of love is ever changing and the passion dies out after a while. Although the vigor of finding new love is more of a modern day concept, Don Juan relishes his concept as Alexander conquering new worlds. Fresh love is rejuvenating and in Don Juan’s excuse, love for one another will run and, thus both needs to go their separate ways. He talks about his ambition to travel near and far and to conquer the heart of many. In a way, the challenge seems fitting for Don Juan because he seems to be in ecstasy when he successfully courts the “love of his life.” Even though he tries to justify his doings by making an eloquent speech, I can’t help but laugh and admit that Don Juan has a sense of swagger that will bring him great happiness, but cruel and regrettable death. Even his servant, Sganarelle, warns him about a tragic ending.


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  1. Yes, I agree with you, Don Juan can be characterized in so many ways. I like how you compared him to a magician. Don Juan is truly magically; he can make what we believe to be impossible into reality. That even applies to his reason for using women as pleasure. If any man were to say such a thing, society would label him as an immoral person who deserves live a miserable life. However, Don Juan does a superb job trying to defend himself. He says that beauty should be shared with society. Although as a reader it seems funny and unrealistic, it’s his magic that makes him seem justified. However, a magician can only work his magic for so long, and in the end he is met with just.

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