Where is Don
Don Juan and Donjuanismo
Notes on the Text
Last Updated 15 March 2005.
In the myths surrounding the Trojan War Helen does accept
the advances of Paris and agree to run off with the prince to Asia Minor,
however, the idea is the product of Aphrodite’s machinations.
As discussed later, the power of the female figure to
say, “No” to masculine advances constitutes a sense of agency. This
ability, however, only follows masculine desire posing the sexual proposition,
making this form of feminine agency dependent on the more western paradigm
of masculine sexual agency.
A glaring exception to this general pattern is, of course,
the figure of Doña Ana who has her own desire for Don Luis which
Don Juan attempts to tap by identifying himself as Don Luis.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte provides similar examples
in which the masculine desires the feminine by masculine agency alone while
feminine desire comes only as a product of an original masculine desire
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