Later writers have not simply gone back to some archetype of Don Juan, or taken Mozart’s opera merely as one previous embodiment of that character, but have in many cases been quite specially influenced by the opera. Indeed, nineteenth- and twentieth- century thoughts about Don Juan have been dominated by Mozart’s embodiment of him.

When we think to-day of Don Juan, we think, voluntarily or involuntarily, of ‘Mozart’s Don Juan’. Mozart did for Don Juan what Goethe did for Faust—made his representation the prototype of all others. – P. Jouve