Don Giovanni Chauvinism

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Don Giovanni Chauvinism Don Giovanni took place in the seventeenth century in Spain. Values in that century are different from modern ethics. He was very chauvinistic to women. Chauvinism is still common in today’s society. Men tend to think of women as only sex objects. The psychology behind his actions is interesting. What influences made Don Giovanni this way? How do this compare to the modern day? Chauvinism goes all the way back to the time where everyone spoke Latin (Karras, pg.77-78). Males were taught that it was, “at least not unusual to demonstrate or fulfill their heterosexual desire by force.” (Karras, pg.78). Chauvinism spurs from the ego. Men tend to have larger egos than women. They have the need to feel important. Rape is not just about sex “but of claiming a place in the community.” (Karras, pg.148). Don Giovanni has a need to be wanted. Actions conducted by him are a direct result of his ego and selfishness. The need to feel superior is very prominent in Don Giovanni. This need is possibly a result of being a peasant and having being looked down upon during formative years. Flaunting of his wealth is one of the main ways he seems to make himself appear more worthy. Raping women would illustrate that he has a need for power. Power and superiority are of extreme importance to Don Giovanni and supercede the rights or needs of others. This overpowering need probably stems from low self-esteem. “A man who believes that males are super naturally dominant and females submissive will not only feel deeply hurt if his wife or girlfriend leaves him or if she does not submit to his wishes, but he will also experience her behavior as a humiliation of his manhood.” (Miedzian, pg.98) When Donna Anna asks who Don Giovanni is, after he
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tries to seduce her he runs. This would make him seem insecure. Why would he run if he knew that she truly loved him? In the case of Donna Anna, she screams for help. If you are seducing someone they would not scream for help. The definition of seduction is to imply romance and willing participation. Men’s egos and selfishness have not changed dramatically. Men are influenced by
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