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In Garrison Keillors 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 Figaros positive views on marriage The attitude that The Don has about women is negatively viewed by most societies and its 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 youre single you can think Two you can act Three you can feelthere 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 Dons philosophy undermines the marriage ideology to the point that it is sinful to the religious community Even if a person is not active in religion she usually has a set of morals that frown upon the life of a player The Dons second downfall is his sexual habits Any person who shares hisher bed with different partners including the occasional married one each night of the week walks with a black cloud over hisher head At one point in the story The Don tells Figaro that Some men should have two lovers some three it depends on the manI am selfish Figaro because I have a larger capacity for pleasure than other people dothis to me is the beauty of the male existence The story takes place in Fargo North Dakota which is a conservative down-to-earth city The actions that The Don takes are considered immoral a highway to hell As proof that
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