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Essays & Analysis (17)

12,309 words, approx. 42 pages
In the following essay, originally published in 1945, Boyd examines several figures and events that may have inspired various characters and scenes in Don Juan. Don Juan is a compound of self-expressi... Read more
6,271 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, originally published in Studies in Romanticism in winter 1990, Franklin chronicles the methods by which Byron challenged traditional ideas about marriage, chastity, fidelity, a... Read more
11,932 words, approx. 40 pages
In the following essay, Graham examines the impact of popular spectacular theater on the style of Don Juan. The pantomimes of the ancients no longer exist. But in compensation, all modern poetry resem... Read more
13,072 words, approx. 44 pages
In the following essay, Graham illustrates the ways in which Byron set Don Juan against the mores of Regency England and argues that the poem was written both for and from the viewpoint of the “... Read more
11,450 words, approx. 39 pages
In the following essay, Punter examines Don Juan through the lens of psychoanalysis, noting particularly the theories of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung and Otto Rank. I I write this essay as a contribution ... Read more
6,072 words, approx. 21 pages
In the following essay, Goldweber analyzes the Biblical overtones in Don Juan. Many literary critics continue to cast Lord Byron as a deviant and a miscreant who was contemptuous, or at least suspicio... Read more
5,497 words, approx. 19 pages
In the following essay, Rishmawi examines Byron's shifting attitudes toward the East between the Oriental Tales and Don Juan. Rishmawi contends that, unlike the passionate, firsthand accounts t... Read more
8,902 words, approx. 30 pages
In the following essay, Phillipson explores the themes of banishment, dislocation and return in Don Juan, contending that Byron's characters often return in ghostly ways to places past and the ... Read more
9,167 words, approx. 31 pages
In the following essay, originally published in 1945, Boyd illustrates how Don Juan's literary precursors likely influenced Byron's treatment of war, marriage, women, high society, the s... Read more
7,654 words, approx. 26 pages
In the following essay, Cooke critiques the functions of spontaneity, improvisation and surprise in Don Juan. The Giaour, at just over 1300 short lines, and Don Juan, at something over 16 long cantos,... Read more
12,128 words, approx. 41 pages
In the following excerpt, Blackstone examines various themes of Don Juan, including femininity and masculinity, sexuality, love, and power. ‘the Sexual Garments Sweet’ Don Juan is outsta... Read more
16,392 words, approx. 55 pages
In the following essay, Lessenich explores Byron's characterization of love and war as vain and perilous pursuits, designed to tempt death. A) the Danger and Vanity of Love Though, in Byron�... Read more
2,824 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following essay, Clancy argues that the character of Aurora Raby is a feminine version of the trademark Byronic hero. Aurora Raby is one of the most fascinating characters in the English episod... Read more
11,313 words, approx. 38 pages
In the following essay, Manning examines the various symbolic ways that characters in Don Juan employ silence and language. In a famous essay which mixes praise and contempt in characteristic fashion,... Read more
7,160 words, approx. 24 pages
In the following essay, Cooper argues that the shipwreck scenes in Don Juan Canto II symbolize the author's pessimistic view of the world at large. “Life is, in itself and forever, shipw... Read more
4,237 words, approx. 15 pages
In the following essay, originally published in The Byron Journal in 1987, Barton assesses the relationship between Don Juan and Haidée and the significance of Lambro's advances toward t... Read more
4,381 words, approx. 15 pages
In the following excerpt from an essay originally written in 1988, Richardson maintains that in Don Juan, where the title character assumes the dress of a woman and an Oriental, Byron uses the motif o... Read more