Marriage in "Don Juan" Analytical Essay by Professor Victor Verb

Marriage in "Don Juan"
An analysis of the illusions and mirages of marriage, as elucidated in Lord Byron's "Don Juan" .
# 52615 | 3,291 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Sep 08, 2004 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis)

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This paper examines how love and marriage have been popular literary themes throughout history and how, because the emotions involved are universal, these themes provide an excellent framework in which to explore various expositions about what makes life worthwhile and how it should be lived. It looks at how, in Lord Byron's case, money and fame are worthwhile endeavors, and how his work, "Don Juan", is simply a means to an end. It shows that, while the poem has been the subject of countless analyses and interpretations, the fact remains that one of the primary goals of its author was to earn some money by making people "giggle."

From the Paper:

"Byron's narrator is eminently aware of how illusory and arbitrary the promises of marriage are. In support, he maintains that "authors" leave the future state of marriage to faith because they "fear description might disparage ... or fall beneath the expectations of the world" (Byron III. 9). According to the narrator, authors -- that is, writers like him -- are describing marriage because they recognize the gap between the expectations of society and the actual conditions of marriage. It is the narrator's recognition of this gap that leads him to "fear" that such descriptions of marriage will not measure up to high expectations that are associated with them. In other words, the reality will fall far short of the expectations."

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