Byron’s Don Juan and his attitude towards women Don Juan by Lord Byron is an outstanding poem. Notwithstanding that the poem was criticized when the first two cantos were written, it was recognized as a masterpiece at the same time. Byron shows his reader a very interesting interpretation of the main character. A poem presents the main character that is extremely different from the protagonist. Don Juan is usually portrayed as a cruel, heartless tempter, who treats women as objects, makes them fall in love with him and then leaves without explanations. Byron presents another Don Juan, who is not heatless, but rather noble and sensitive (Don Juan, Canto 1). He treats women as creatures, which he simply can’t exist without as he really depends on them. He likes to be loved and admired by women, only they can help him solve his problems, so he simply can’t do without them. Thus, he is weak in front of them thus it is Don Juan who is seduced by women.
Byron justifies the deeds of his Don Juan. He explains his love affairs with a married woman as something unavoidable. He does not show women as guilty as well but he portrays them as more sinful creatures than Don Juan. Unhappy in his own marriage, Byron was sure that the notions of marriage and love can’t be united at all, these notions are incompatible. Thus, he accuses neither Don Juan nor women he dates in adultery (Don Juan, Canto 1). Byron accuses a life itself and its realities in unhappy marriages.
Don Juan in The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 6, edited by Ernest Hartley Coleridge