The Punishment of Important Dons

On April 4, 2014 by tuckerj17

imagesDon Juan, the infamous Trickster of Seville and relentless seducer of woman continually finds himself in trouble with both God and the King of Castille.  Starting at the beginning of the play, Don Juan has already found himself in Naples due to his rampant womanizing.  Originally it seems the King had banished him there in order to teach him not to seduce woman as he used to.  However, upon discovering Don Juan has payed his usual ruse on not just another woman, but the the Duchess Isabella, daughter of the man who is hosting him, Don Juan’s uncle Don Diego exclaims:

“Say, villain, was it not enough to raise,/With treachery and violence, such shame,/And with another great and noble dame/Back home in Spain but you repeat this crime,/With one that is of princely rank this time,/In the king’s palace? May God punish you!” (141)

This shows that, for what would have been a capital crime for any commoner of Spanish society, Don Juan was able to get off easy.  This speaks for Spanish society and shows how dishonest nobility, if they were to play themselves the right way, could be less likely to receive justice for their actions.