Don Giovanni Rough Draft

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Don Giovanni Chauvinism Anneliese Antonucci Don Giovanni took place in the seventeenth century Spain. Values in that century are significantly different from modern values and ethics. The main character, Don Giovanni, is very chauvinistic to women. While chauvinism is still common in today’s society, it is not widely tolerated. However, some men continue to think of women as sex objects. The psychology and culture behind Don Giovanni's actions are interesting. What influences made Don Giovanni this way? How do this compare to modern day influences and practices? The roots of Chauvinism extend as far back as a time when 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 stems from the ego. Historically, men tend to have larger egos than women. Perhaps because of survival instincts from the hunter-gatherer society, they have the need to feel important and exert dominance. Rape is not about sex “but of claiming a place in the community.” (Karras, pg.148). Rape is about power and control not sexual release or pleasure. Don Giovanni has a need to be wanted and have high place of dominance in his community. 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 his early life as a peasant. During formative years, he would have been looked down upon and his ego deflated creating a psychological need not only for acceptance, but also for superiority. Flaunting of his wealth is one of the ways Don Giovanni seeks to make himself appear more worthy. Raping women is another way of exerting himself and illustrates his need for power. Power and superiority are of extreme
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importance to Don Giovanni and supercede the rights or needs of others. These overpowering needs stem from low self-esteem which will not be easily overcome. “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 tries to seduce her he runs. This would make him seem insecure. Why would he run if he
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