Talentueux séducteur, Dom Juan accumule les conquêtes amoureuses. Après avoir arraché performed Elvire au couvent, il abuse de Charlotte los angeles veille de ses noces, trahit Mazarine, et incarne pour ce faire le parfait rôle d’hypocrite. Il multiplie les outrages, viole les lois morales, offense le ciel, jusqu’à l. a. provocation ultime faite à l. a. statue du défunt Commandeur…
Vif succès du vivant de Molière, cette pièce qui met en scène le libertinage et l’impiété lui valut de nombreuses critiques.
Couverture : Gravure de Janet-Lange pour l’édition populaire Barba (XIXe siècle), tirée de l’acte II, scène five : Dom Juan courtise en même temps deux paysannes (Charlotte et Mathurine) à qui il promet le mariage.
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