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The title character in Don Giovanni is a man driven by his egotistical nature to seek power and acceptance into the upper echelon of society. The strength of his desire to be idolized warps his actions and drives Don Giovanni to acts, which are counter, productive. He is sabotaged by his own overwhelming ambition and egotism. Don Giovanni seeks a form of love or adoration from others, but offers none in return. He undertakes actions, which are distasteful. His attitudes and actions toward women lead to hollow, destructive liaisons which are ultimately unfurling. Wanting acceptance and respectability at all costs, he seeks this by any means including violence and treachery and leads himself into a downward spiral of decadence. Don Giovanni is undone as a result of his own psychological defects. The inability of Don Giovanni's Ego to control the basic drives of his Id lead him to selfish and ultimately damning actions. The need to feel superior is very prominent in Don Giovanni. Power and worthiness are of extreme importance to Don Giovanni and supercede the rights or needs of others. These overpowering needs stem from low self-esteem. However, these needs are not easily satisfied or overcome. These needs are possibly the result of being a peasant and having been looked down upon during formative years. Being deemed inferior would have directly affected Don Giovanni's concept of self and led to low self- esteem. Sigmund Freud, the father of modern day psychoanalysis, identifies different segments of the mind; id, ego and super-ego. The application of these topics to Don Giovanni provides some insight into his character. Understanding the effects of environment on Don Giovanni and his mind's twisted interpretation of these events is key to understanding his reactions and misguided actions. For Freud, the ego is "the representative of the outer world to the id" ("Ego and the Id" 708). In other words, the ego represents and enforces the
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reality principle whereas the id is concerned only with the pleasure principle. Whereas the ego is oriented towards perceptions in the real world, the id is oriented towards internal instincts; whereas the ego is associated with reason and sanity, the id belongs to the passions. The ego, however, is never able fully to distinguish itself from the id, of which the ego is, in fact, a part, which is why in his pictorial representation of the mind Freud does not provide a hard separation between the ego and the id. ... Freud sometimes represents the ego as continually struggling to defend
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