Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 453
Moliére's Don Juan is the story of a deceitful and womanizing man, Don Juan, who gets his comeuppance for the evils he enacts during his lifetime. He argues with others at great length and tries to convince them that he has done no wrong, but there is not a single repentant bone in his body, and in the end he is quite literally dragged to hell for his misdeeds.
Sganarelle: But, Sir, does the liberty you've given me also let me tell you that I am not a little scandalized by the life that you lead?
Don Juan: Oh? And what life exactly is it that I lead?
Sganarelle: Good, good. Well, for example, to see you marrying every month as you do . . .
Sganarelle is quick and to the point when speaking with his master. Don Juan is clearly a womanizer, and it is no exaggeration in the context of the play to say that he marries every month or so. The first act shows him married to Donna Elvire but already having set his sights on a new woman. The two are just recently married, but his tendency toward infidelity is so strong that he immediately latches onto a new lover, and he is shown to do this repeatedly throughout the play.
Mathurine: Sir, what are you doing here with Charlotte? Are you making overtures of love to her as well?
Mathurine is one of the women who has been seduced by Don Juan. She angrily enters the scene to see Don Juan courting Charlotte, who is engaged to Pierrot. Upon her arrival, Don Juan fabricates conflicting tales that he tells secretly to each woman, convincing both of them separately that all is well and that they should continue with...
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