Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 278
In The Trickster of Seville, Don Juan is shown to be reckless and immature in his thinking and behavior. Several quotes from the story illustrate this. For example, he shows his penchant for risk-taking with the following statement,
“If you want to win in the long run, keep trying, because in a game, he who tries the most gains the most" (II, ix, 638).
When he comments that “from here to there is a great journey,” he acknowledges the fact that he cannot imagine his own death—he sees only life ahead of him and cannot conceive of his own mortality (II, xi, 639). When Don Juan's father pleads with the King to have mercy on his son, he acknowledges that Don Juan's behavior is characteristic of his youth, and thus his son should be pardoned.
“Good sire, in your heroic hand is my life, for my own life is the life of a disobedient son, who, although a boy, is elegant and valiant and the boys his age call him the Hector of Seville, because he has played so many and such strange adolescent pranks” (II, ii, 639).
Don Juan also exhibits reckless confidence, as he relies on his position of stature to get him out of trouble. “If my father is the minister of justice and is the confidant of the King, what do I have to fear?” he says (Ill, vi, 61*5). He also asserts that "I have honor, and I keep my word because I am a gentleman" (Ill, xiv, 650). Don Juan’s words and actions in The Trickster of Seville make it clear that in the social environment of the times, honor was linked largely to stature.
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