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In Garrison Keillor's short story "Don Giovanni" the main character, Don Giovanni, is portrayed as a self centered, self serving, seducing womanizer. The story focuses on conversations held between "The Don" and Figaro. In these conversations "The Don" attempts to erode Figaro's positive views on marriage. The attitude that "The Don" has about women is negatively viewed by most societies, and it's because of this attitude that he ends up at the fiery gates of hell!
The story begins by setting up, in the mind of the reader, a mental picture of an old seducer preaching his philosophies through clouds of cigarette smoke. "The Don" says, "Figaro, my friend, a man owes it to himself to stop and consider the three advantages of single life. One, if you're single, you can think. Two, you can act. Three, you can feel...there is no prison so deadly as a life of unnecessities, which is what marriage is." In most religions marriage is considered a sacred joining of two people. "The Don's" philosophy undermines the marriage ideology to the point that it is sin
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