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Servantship in Robinson Crusoe and The Tempest - Literature has always been a source of exploring the world and the history of mankind. In Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, both authors use the concept of slavery, race and class. In Defoe’s story, the relationship between Crusoe and his slave, Friday, is one of mutual respect and trust. In the second selection by Shakespeare, the master-slave relationship is one that is characterized by force, violence and power. These two works share the common theme of servantship and slavery, which were largely based on differences in class and race....   [tags: Robinson Crusoe Essays]
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare - ... Since it was a smaller theater space and the audience was in close proximity to the stage and the actors, this proved to be very valuable. The backdrop with the sticks and the fairly-like land was whimsical and reminded me of being transported to a different realm; the color of the background complemented the brightly painted set. I also enjoyed the opening act with the boat as the mast and sail was rocking violently and the thundering was sounding. It made it feel as though we were on the boat experiencing the waves and the storm’s violent winds just as the actors were....   [tags: comic and tragic literature] 610 words
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare - William Shakespeare’s The Tempest refines his portrayal of nature from the earlier play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, nature is shown to be mysterious presence that blurs the lines between reality and illusion; it is a magical force that is unreachable and incomprehensible for human beings. A Midsummer Night’s Dream gives nature a mischievous, playful, dreamlike feel because in this play nature interferes for the sake of love. The Tempest breaks down the barrier that divides human society and the natural world, a divide that is present in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, because nature’s presence and effects become more noticeable and it becomes a power that is within th...   [tags: human society, natural world]
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A Feminist Reading of the Tempest - William Shakespeare’s The Tempest provides dialogue that portrays the social expectations and stereotypes imposed upon women in Elizabethan times. Even though the play has only one primary female character, Miranda, the play also includes another women; Sycorax, although she does not play as large a roll. During many scenes, the play illustrates the characteristics that represent the ideal woman within Elizabethan society. These characteristics support the fact that men considered women as a mere object that they had the luxury of owning and were nowhere near equal to them....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare] 1435 words
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The Tempest by William Shakespeare - Happy endings help leave a reader feeling comforted and hopeful that things can right themselves in the world, no matter how it is established. It can be done by two lovers finally getting to be together after a struggle, the ending of some sort of devastating war, or just a balance restored, with good prevailing over evil. Especially when dealing with Shakespeare, any sort of happy ending can be very refreshing to those who watch or frequently read the famous playwright’s works. In the Shakespeare play The Tempest, a lasting response is developed with the happy ending through a moral reconciliation....   [tags: power, evil] 1318 words
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Sources of Conflict in Shakespeare's “The Tempest” - Throughout “The Tempest”, the majority of conflict surrounds Prospero and Caliban. Their exchanges comprise of vulgar words, such as Prospero threatening Caliban and calling him ‘Thou poisonous slave’, and Caliban cursing Prospero, ‘and blister you all o’er’. Before we meet Caliban, we are told that he is of North-African descent, when Ariel said Sycorax was from ‘Algiers’, a place in North-Africa. He is depicted as a ‘salvage and deformed slave’ by The Folio’s ‘Names of the Actors’ and to a Jacobean audience, the word ‘salvage’ referred to a ‘wild and uncivilised’ person, and they believed that these ‘salvages’ were below their civilised counterparts in the social hierarchy....   [tags: intolerance, beliefs, dehumanizing] 545 words
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Major Themes in "The Tempest" - In William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” the major themes in these play is good versus evil. There are good characters, which do good, help others and try their best to stay out of trouble and there are other characters are the exact opposite. All the characters do is tried to get even with those who hurt them, hoping that ravage would solve the problem. Good and Evil just like the theme of the book also applies to the world that we live in today because there are good people and there are bad people....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ] 854 words
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The Genre of The Tempest - The Genre of The Tempest The Tempest is customarily identified as the William Shakespeare's last piece. These marginal issues aside, The Tempest is the forth, final and finest of Shakespeare's great and/or late romances. Along with Pericles, Cymbeline and The Winters Tale, The Tempest belongs t the genre of Elizabethan romance plays. It combines elements of Tragedy (Prospero's revenge/Loss of a royal son) with those of romantic comedy (the young lover Ferdinand and Miranda) and, like one of Shakespeare's problem plays, Measure for measure, it poses deeper questions that are not completely resolved at the end....   [tags: Papers] 962 words
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William Shakespeare's The Tempest - In Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, the cast of characters are squeezed into some very typical kind of roles. Prospero is our noble hero, Miranda is the beautiful maiden, and Antonio is the “villain”. Shakespeare gave each of the characters a sense of humor, a tool that allows us to see the small details of their minds; a glimpse at the inner workings of each character’s personality. It is through the humor that Shakespeare is able to show the “roundness” in characters that could be otherwise be seen as “flat” characters....   [tags: Elizabethan theater, play analysis] 693 words
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The Tempest Comparative Analysis - The Tempest by William Shakespeare, among other themes, is a play very centered around rivalries, an important one being the one between Prospero and Caliban. As one would naturally expect, the triumphs and failures of the ongoing conflict yield different reactions for the two different characters. The conflict illustrates a dichotomous view of the way in which people respond to failure or defeat. Whereas Caliban responds to defeat instinctively with furious acts of retaliation, Prospero reasons that when those kinds of acts are examined under the scope of logic, they appear to be unlike that of a noble and therefore, should not be undertaken....   [tags: Shakespeare plays] 767 words
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Caliban in The Tempest - Caliban in The Tempest ‘The Tempest’ is the magical story of the ship-wrecked inhabitants of an island. It deals with many serious themes such as; nature/nurture, power, magic and treachery but ‘the seriousness is never allowed to cause disquiet in the audience’. Many of these themes are still relevant today. The Tempest is, in effect, ‘a fairytale complete with magical occurrences, suspension of the laws of nature and a happy ending’. Caliban is an interesting an important character in ‘The Tempest’....   [tags: Papers] 2838 words
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Deception in The Tempest -   The passage below is found in the opening act of one of Shakespeare's most illusive plays of control and manipulation. The word "deception" is defined as "the act of misleading" or "to trick, cheat, lie, and mislead". From this definition, it is obvious that deception is normally perceived to be evil and results in the harm of others mentally and physically. It leads to broken hearts, untold truths, or even unpunished murder. However, in Shakespeare's The Tempest, deception is used as a virtuous art to manipulate an unjust situation and rectify it....   [tags: Prospero's Deceptive Nature]
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Humour in The Tempest - Act II Scene I has been written as a humorous scene. It is meant to be funny and light-hearted. Although a modern day audience may not laugh out loud, the humour, itself, is very obvious. Alonzo thinks that his son, Ferdinand, is dead and one of his servants/Lords, Gonzalo, is trying to comfort him, but not succeeding. Sebastian and Antonio, basically mock Gonzalo and everything he says. Gon: When every grief is entertain’d that’s offer’d Comes to the entertainer – Seb: A dollar Gon: Dolour comes to him indeed… Gonzalo is trying to tell the king not to grieve too much or something will come to the entertainer of grief, but before he can say what, Sebastian interrupts with “A do...   [tags: essays research papers] 447 words
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Shakespeare's Tempest - William Shakespeare is widely regarded as one of the most influential writer's of the 16th century. His command on modern English is uncanny and texts that he authored are considered some of the most exceptional pieces of literature. Throughout all of his plays are intricate plot and character development that end with philosophical life lessons that can apply to anyone. In William Shakespeare's the Tempest, Prospero projects the oppressive demeanour that initially made him a prisoner onto Caliban and Ariel which ultimately leads to his shift from ignorance to knowledge....   [tags: Drama Analysis ] 1253 words
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Brooklyn Academy of Music's Production of "The Tempest" - I’m not going to lie, I was skeptical about seeing a production of The Tempest. After sitting through painstaking high school productions that killed the romance in Romeo and Juliet, misinterpreted the meanings in The Merchant of Venice, and failed to realize Much Ado About Nothing was actually a comedy; I promised myself to never see another production of Shakespeare. I concluded the best way to enjoy the great works of Will was to read them through the medium of a book. However, a free ticket to the Brooklyn Academy of Music too see The Tempest directed by Sam Mendes was too tempting to not attend....   [tags: Theater Review] 1331 words
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Shakespeare's The Tempest and Marlowe's Doctor Faustus - Shakespeare's brilliant portrayal of Prospero's use of magic and power continues to draw both readers and audiences with The Tempest's many meanings and interpretations. As a main character, Prospero, is a person that many people can identify themselves with, with his want to achieve his desires and gain power over others through the use of magic. It is this identification that exceeds Shakespearean works, with The Tempest both emulating and presenting themes from other works in the Elizabethan period....   [tags: Power, Magic, Literary Analysis]
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Colonial Abuses in the Tempest by William Shakespeare - The Tempest is undoubted a flagrant example of the various colonial abuses as can be easily reflected in the Prospero’s attitude to the Island, his slave Caliban and his total obsession with controlling the whole island through his absolute power. Additionally the conduct of Prospero towards his accidental find of the island and treating it like a colony highly resembles the conduct of a colonist during the 16th-17th century. Prospero treats this new colony as an exile as like other colonists of the time he owes allegiance to his home country which is considered to be home while exile in colony is meant to perpetuate the selfish interests and exploit it to the maximum before abandoning it....   [tags: prospero´s conduct, obsession] 867 words
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Imperialism and Colonialism in Shakespeare´s The Tempest - ... This idea can attribute to the mindset that was widely accepted back then where a master-servant relationship was common and some people were below others due to social status, wealth, and power. These ideas led to some people thinking its morally right to use other people below them to achieve success and prosperity. The Tempest can also be seen as a critique of imperialism represented by the several situations in the play that make references to colonial power between the characters. The island in the Tempest has often been interpreted as the “brave new world” by many critics....   [tags: interaction, colony, power] 928 words
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Analysis of Prospero from The Tempest by Shakespeare - ... “My son is lost” (2.1.91) Alonso is left without an explanation of what happened to his son until the very end of the play. Prospero forced Alonso into a state of madness by making him believe that he had lost another one of his children when in fact, he was using Ferdinand in another one of his schemes. Prospero might have made Alonso suffer as revenge for helping Antonio, his brother, usurp his dukedom of Milan. Ferdinand, on the other hand, was just a casualty, tricked into falling in love with Miranda....   [tags: revenge, punishment, manipulative]
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Main Characters of The Tempest by William Shakespeare - ... Prospero’s magic is referred to as his art throughout the play by Miranda, “If by your art” (I.ii.1), by Caliban, “his art is of such power” (I.ii.374), and even by Prospero, “By my so potent art” (V.i.50). This reference reveals Prospero’s character as an artist rather than a sorcerer, this association is important when Prospero is equated to William Shakespeare. Similar to Shakespeare writing a play, Prospero formulates and controls the storylines and their conclusions. Prospero’s likeness to Shakespeare is seen throughout the play as Prospero uses his art (magic) to push the characters toward self-realization; parallel to Shakespeare using of his art (writing) to push the audience tow...   [tags: Prospero, Ariel and Caliban] 884 words
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Themes of Forgiveness in The Tempest by William Shakespeare - The Tempest has many themes including reconciliation and forgiveness However, while it is clear that the theme of forgiveness is the main theme of the play, what is up for debate is to what extent the author realizes this forgiveness. After reading the attitudes and actions of the major characters in the play, specifically Prospero, little, if any, true forgiveness and reconciliation is shown in The Tempest. A strong Christian lesson on the true nature of forgiveness can be found in Christ’s Sermon on the Mount: But I say to unto you which hear, love your enemies, do good to them which hate you Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despiseth you… For if ye love them which love y...   [tags: reconciliation, christian, revenge]
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An Ecological Translation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest - IV The Tempest places forward the rhythms of the dynamic Nature in the context of ever changing society and the inconsistent human mind, but also how they reflect both elevated and distorted symbolic association of humans and Nature: allusions to “pinch-spotted…. Than pard or cat o’ mountain”, “welkin’s cheek”, “rotten carcass of a butt”, “Jove’s lightnings”, “King’s son, Ferdinand/ With hair up-staring then like reeds, not hair, -”, “veins o’th’earth” and “bak’d with frost”. Caliban’s lethargy is associated with the movement of a tortoise....   [tags: Materialism, ecological, Nature, Caliban]
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Gender-Swapping in The Tempest: Female Empowerment - Director Julie Taymor's 2010 re-imagining of Shakespeare's fantastical play, The Tempest, introduces a few major changes to its source material. The most noticeable one is her choice to gender-swap the protagonist, Prospero, a male, into Prospera, a female (played by Helen Mirren). In this essay, I will explore how a sex change, and its effects on all the relationships Prospero has - with his daughter, Miranda, his servants, Ariel and Caliban, and his brother, Antonio - disturb The Tempest’s original social commentary on politics and race....   [tags: Julie Taymor's version of Shakespeare play] 1693 words
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The Manipulation of Prospero - The Manipulation of Prospero "Manipulation" means "to influence or manage shrewdly or deviously; to tamper with or falsify for personal gain." In William Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, we meet an interesting, mysterious Prospero, a magician and the true Duke of Milan now living on a deserted island with his daughter Miranda. Prospero has the power to manipulate his own daughter and does this because he wants to protect her from danger. Prospero has an interesting relationship with his daughter....   [tags: Tempest]
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Comparing Aime Cesaire's A Tempest and Shakespeare's The Tempest - Comparing A Tempest and The Tempest       William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest, arguably his finest work, on the eve of European colonization of the New World in 1611 (Hollander and Kermode 445-46). As a result, common European ideas about the New World in the early 1600s are alluded to throughout the play (446). Through the propagandistic writings of explorers like Captain John Smith, who authored a sensational and unsubstantiated account of his dramatic rescue from death at the hands of Indians by the Indian chiefís beautiful daughter, Pocahontas, many Europeans developed an interest in the inhabitants of the New World (Smith 24-25)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing The Cultures of The Tempest and Ours in The Tempest by William Shakespeare - Comparing The Cultures of The Tempest and Ours in The Tempest by William Shakespeare "All men are created equal" is one of the declarations that American culture is built on. This declaration means that all men no matter of race, religion, or creed are equals in the eyes of society, as well as the law. This was not always true in history, especially not in Shakespeare's day and age. During this time, society had levels of classification where men were considered "superior" to other men. Shakespeare gives us a taste of this hierarchical culture through his play The Tempest....   [tags: Papers] 879 words
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Comparing Power in Shakespeare's Tempest and Aime Cesaire's A Tempest - Power in Shakespeare's Tempest and Césaire's A Tempest       Power is defined as the possession of control, authority, or influence over others.  In William Shakespeare's The Tempest and Aimé Césaire's A Tempest, power is a key element in the relationships that exist between characters.  As Caliban and Prospero battle for dominance over the island, Miranda finds that she holds a certain power of her own as she matures from an innocent youth to a sensual, strong-headed young woman.  Seen by some as a victim of Prospero's need to control, yet by others as both content and charming, it is that transformation that influences those about her and guides her growth into adulthood.  Miranda is an...   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]
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Comparing The Tempest and King Lear - Comparing The Tempest and King Lear       This essay will focus on the similarities and differences of the plays The Tempest and King Lear in general, as well as looking at comparisons of Prospero and Lear in somewhat more detail. Prospero and Lear are, without a doubt, the two most compelling mature figures in Shakespeare. In a way, one is the flip side, so to speak, of the other. Each represents an aging man's relationship to family, environment, and, most importantly, himself. One might even be so bold as to venture that had Lear lived, he might, through the enormity of his painful transformation, have become a character much like Prospero, a man who has learned bitter lessons from his...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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The Significance of Sound and Music in The Tempest - The Significance of Sound and Music in The Tempest ‘The Tempest’ is on a basic level a play about a magical island, complete with its own wizard, monster and handsome prince. However, it is much more than a fairytale. Complex themes such as usurpation, colonialism and the supernatural are interwoven into the plot to produce a play so diverse that it is widely considered to be one of Shakespeare’s finest works. Music and sound are dramatically significant in this diversity. This makes ‘The Tempest’ very different to other Shakespeare plays....   [tags: Papers] 815 words
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The Tempest: 3 Differences Between the Play and the Movie - 3 Differences Between The Play And Movie “The Tempest” “The Tempest” is a play written by William Shakespeare in early 1600s that has been previewed in different kinds of movies, such as the one made in 2010, directed by Julie Taymor. It is a play containing themes such as; revenge, allusion, retribution, forgiveness, power, love and hatred. When it is compared to the play, there are specific differences seen in the movie, such as; Prospero is reflected as a woman in the movie. The time differences between the play and the movie and how the spirit Ariel is shown as a white man in the movie....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Prospero, Julie Taymor]
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The Role and Contributions of Prospero to The Tempest - The Role and Contributions of Prospero to The Tempest Prospero is the main character in the play. Through out the play, all events are centred on him, as he is the protagonist. He is the conductor of every character and every event that happens throughout the play and is able to relate his ambitions to each and every character in the play. The main ideas of the play are developed through the character of Prospero in many dimensions. In other words, as the play develops, its main ideas are made evident through the character of Prospero....   [tags: Papers] 1661 words
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Isolation of the Individual in Society in The Tempest - Isolation of the Individual in Society in The Tempest In William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, characters such as Caliban, Prospero, Miranda and Ferdinand, experience varying degrees of consequences, due to their change in behaviour, while isolated from society. Although isolation from society affects the characters in different ways, some see it as being advantageous while others see it as being a curse. This essay will show how characters in The Tempest suffer consequences due to their isolation from society....   [tags: Papers] 1447 words
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The Presentation of Authority and Inferiority in The Tempest - The Presentation of Authority and Inferiority in The Tempest Shakespeare has staged a play that explores the human hierarchy of the Elizabethan era. At the time dominance of one person over another was part of a system, which kept the society going. The social hierarchy consisted of the educated, kings, bishops, lords and noble men at the top of the hierarchy, with the working class peasants at the bottom. Everyone had a fixed status in society. However this is all physically displaced on the island, as there is no social structure and it is uninhabited and tropical....   [tags: Papers] 999 words
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biblical themes in shakespeares the tempest - Biblical Themes in Shakespeare’s The Tempest Shakespeare is one of the most prolific and admired writers who ever lived. He certainly knew his craft and was familiar with all of the literature available at the time. One of the greatest books ever written was of course the bible. Written over the course of more than a thousand years it is a miracle in itself that the book exists. Shakespeare knew his bible, and his work often incorporated and examined biblical themes. Shakespeare’s last completed work was The Tempest, and it is as complex and deeply moving as any of his works....   [tags: essays research papers] 1700 words
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Review Of Shakespears "The Tempest" - Why is it that people fawn Shakespeare and have unreasonably high reguard for his works, including The Tempest, and label them as “immortal classics”. Indeed Shakespeare’s works had great significance in the evolution of English literature, but these works, including The Tempest are mostly devoid of significance and literary value in the present day. One can expect to gain little educational benefit of the english language or hightened apreciation for fine literature from the reading of Shakespeare’s titles for reasons enumerate....   [tags: essays research papers] 1054 words
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World Events Influencing Shakespeare¨s The Tempest - “What’s past is Prologue” – William Shakespeare Shakespeare lived and produced much of his famous works during the time when Queen Elizabeth ruled England and Ireland. This era was known as the Elizabethan Era. The world and its people were quickly evolving. It was the “golden age” of poetry, music and literature. It was in the midst of European exploration that Shakespeare wrote, The Tempest. It would be safe to suggest that many of the worldly events during this time, such as the shipwreck of Sea Venture, global colonization, and the works of Michel de Montaigne, had prodigious influences on Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest....   [tags: Elizabethan, Colonization]
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Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest - The Tempest, considered by many to be Shakespeare’s farewell to the theatre, has of all his plays the most remarkable interpretive richness. The exceptional flexibility of Shakespeare’s stage is given particular prominence in The Tempest due to its originality and analytic potential, in particular in the presentation of one of his most renowned and disputed characters, Caliban. Superficially portrayed in the play as a most detestable monster, Caliban does not evoke much sympathy. However, on further examination Caliban presents himself as an extremely complex character and soon his apparent monstrosity is not so obviously transparent....   [tags: essays research papers] 1852 words
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Caliban in The Tempest by William Shakespeare - Caliban in The Tempest by William Shakespeare Caliban is very important to The Tempest. He is as a prominent link between the audience and play. Elizabethan theatre was more like a football match that theatre, as we know it today. There were raucous crowds who would have particularly liked having a monster they could jeer at. Therefore Caliban would have been a central character to the lower class character, as they could feel superior to him in a very class determined society....   [tags: Papers] 770 words
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Utopian Society in Shakespeare's The Tempest - The study of Shakespeare’s The Tempest raises many questions as to its interpretation. Many believe that this play shows Shakespeare’s views on the colonization of the new world whereas others believe that this is a play about the ever elusive “Utopian Society”. I believe that this is a play about the European views of society and savagery at that time. I also believe that, if this is true, the play doesn’t portray a “conventional” view of native peoples. Shakespeare shows this by having Prospero, the rightful duke of Milan and Usurping ruler of the island, call Caliban, “A devil, a born devil on whose nature nurture can never stick” but then having Miranda, Prospero’s daughter, say “I pi...   [tags: essays research papers] 1944 words
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Dear Shakespeare: A Critique Of The Tempest - Dear Shakespeare: A Critique of The Tempest To Mr. William Shakespeare, I am going to get right down to business. I am writing to you regarding our recent collaboration on The Tempest. In my opinion I think we need to make a couple of changes. The first is in regards to Caliban and the second has to do with Prospero. As I was reading the section of the play where Caliban takes Stephano as his master I began to think about how he should be wiser by now. As is Caliban begs a drunken Stephano to be his master....   [tags: essays research papers] 812 words
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The Themes of Power and Ownership in the Tempest - The Themes of Power and Ownership in the Tempest Ownership is a dominant and ever present theme in the Tempest; almost every character in the play is involved with the theme of ownership in the play. They are either the more dominant, or the one who is dominated in the relationship. Ownership is present right from the beginning of the play, as we see that Prospero creates a storm to shipwreck Gonzalo and his men, this immediately shows us that Prospero is a powerful character in the play, later when he is talking to Miranda we find out what makes her father the Powerful man that he is....   [tags: Papers] 1377 words
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The Tempest: Allegorical to the Bible - The Tempest: Allegorical to the Bible The Tempest is not a pure fantasy tale, but a purposeful allegory. The characters in the play are all representative of characters found in the bible. The first, and perhaps most persuasive, arguement would be Prospero symbolizing God. Prospero is seen to be a representative of God for several reasons. First, he is obviously in control of the actions and has an omnipotent quality. This has been demonstrated by several scenes throughout the play. Consider the power that Prospero possesses, as shown in the Epilogue at the closing of the play: I have bedimmed The mooontide sun, called forth the mutinous winds, And 'twixt the green sea and the azured vault...   [tags: English Literature Essays]
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TEMPEST - The Other in the Tempest In order to understand the characters in a play, we have to be able to distinguish what exactly makes them different. In the case of The Tempest, Caliban, the sub-human slave is governed largely by his senses, making him the animal that he is portrayed to be and Prospero is governed by sound mind, making him human. Caliban responds to nature as his instinct is to follow it. Prospero, on the other hand, follows the art of justifiable rule. Even though it is easy to start assessing The Tempest in view of a colonialist gaze, I have chosen instead to concentrate on viewing Caliban as the monster he is portrayed to be, due to other characters that are not human, but ar...   [tags: essays research papers] 1222 words
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Tempest - The Tempest According to Elizabethan beliefs an individual's social position was more or less fixed. The King was King as he had been given a mandate by God, and all positions below this were based on a rigid social hierarchy, which were also dictated by birth. This ideology was decidedly conservative and used politically as a means of social control: forcing people with less status to internalise their inferiority and subservience, assuming it part of the natural order of the universe. Any rebellion, personal or collective, was therefore seen as an act of defiance not only against the State but God....   [tags: essays research papers] 1463 words
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Imperfect Comic Resolution in The Tempest - Imperfect Comic Resolution in The Tempest     The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's late comedies, in which the typical comic conventions are blended with darker elements of tragedy. One of the ways this manifests itself is in the imperfect conclusion of the play. Although comic traditions such as marriage and the restoration of order are followed, not every character is disposed of perfectly.             The character in whom this is most evident is Antonio. Although Prospero forgives him for his removal of Prospero from Milan, and does not reveal his plot to kill Alonso, we receive no evidence that Antonio repents of his actions....   [tags: free essay writer]
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Role of Government in the Tempest - Government plays an important role in The Tempest. It is because of the importance of government that Prospero has been trapped on this island and it is because of government that the story continues to progress. The key element in the play and its heavy subject of government is the character Prospero. He is the law of the island, and he has the power to achieve any goal he so desires. The visitors to the island, mostly political figures from Italy, depict another facet of government in the play, the opposition....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 885 words
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Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest - Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest Prospero's character dominates Shakespeare's play The Tempest, and can be said to convey an image of greed and selfishness. He goes to any length in order to keep control of the island and its inhabitants whilst using his powers to benefit his needs, whether it hurts others in the process or not. However, some may see an element of forgiveness in his personality and feel sympathy for him when his control breaks down. A change in character may be the answer to this, although a huge change would be needed to forgive someone for the crimes he pursued, let alone to sympathise for him....   [tags: Papers] 893 words
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Anti-Colonialism in Shakespeare´s The Tempest Play - Anti-Colonialism in Shakespeare’s The Tempest Play Through The Tempest play, William Shakespeare weaves together a tale that is characterized by anti-colonialist sentiments. Prospero - the deposed Milan Duke - adopts a colonialist mentality by treating his colleagues as slaves who have no rights. Characters who suffer mistreatment under Prospero include: Ariel - the spirit creature; Ferdinand - the Naples Prince; and Caliban - Sycorax’s son. Prospero possesses much magical power which he uses to oppress his compatriots....   [tags: William Shakespeare, forced labor] 912 words
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Had I Plantation of This Isle: Colonialism in The Tempest - The role of colonialism in Shakespeare's late Romance The Tempest is difficult to ignore. Cast off on a remote island, Prospero uses magic to conquer his new territory, making all of those that lived there before him fall under his command. There is a sense of revolution about Caliban, one who seeks to reclaim his homeland for his own and separate himself from the rule of his master. However, critics like Barbara Fuchs wish to pigeonhole this sense of colonialism into domestic issues, such as the British relationship with Ireland, while ignoring the relationship the play shares to the beginning of Britain's expansion into the New World--a world that had only been unlocked some one hundred ye...   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Resolutions of Forgiveness, Repentance and Reconciliation in Shakespeare's The Tempest - Stephen Orgel, in the Oxford World Classics Introduction of The Tempest, says that the resolutions of forgiveness, repentance and reconciliation through the harmony of marriage that Prospero has undertaken to achieve are not completely met. This is true as not all injuries are forgiven, and certain characters fail to repent for their wrongs. The marriage does not completely achieve its role of reconciliation, as we have to question its origins and stability. In The Tempest Prospero has orchestrated events in such a way as to resolve the injustices and injuries that have occurred to him and his daughter, Miranda....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism] 1388 words
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Language in Shakespeare's The Tempest - This essay will attempt to find out the type of language that Shakespeare has used to portray the hatred and utter spite Prospero evidently has over Caliban. The great number of offensive dialogue during the argumentative conversation between Caliban and Prospero will be commented on. During the conversation, many ill-disguised remarks of contempt are made by all three characters. This will be analysed further and the reasons and consequences of the exchange will be described. There are a great number of reasons for why Prospero and Caliban are not by any means on respectful terms, and the factors that have lead to this occurrence will be expressed in order to explain the spiteful nature of...   [tags: essays research papers] 1303 words
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Terry Tempest Williams' Journey Into Self Spirituality - Terry Tempest Williams is a naturalist, a feminist, a writer who brings such power into everything she touches. Herself driven passion with her positive outlook and drive for change has brought so much goodness into this world. She has overcome many obstacles, including her own struggle within herself, but has last realized that the fight with nature is the same fight we have with ourselves, and ultimately accepting the outcome; whatever that may be unnatural, or natural, is the secret to life. Terry is a Mormon who grew up in Utah, loving nature and striving to keep it natural....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Prospera, Thy Role Is Woman - ... It is clear Prospera had the support of her people when she tells Miranda, “so dear the love my people bore me” (Shakespeare 1.2.141). If the duke had the support of the people and magical arts to manipulate people and events, it seems unlikely a rightful ruler could so easily be usurped, but it becomes more plausible in Taymor’s version where the position was only assumed by Prospera upon her husband’s death. Given it was not originally her position to begin with and the predominant acceptance of male leaders at that time, it is much more realistic that a woman could be usurped by her brother....   [tags: Shakespeare's The Tempest]
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Shakespeares Tempest - I love the way Prospero speaks. Although I hate his character, his way of speaking is eloquently biting—whether he is speaking lovingly to his daughter or abusively to Caliban, he gets his point across beautifully. I tried with all my might to decide whether I like Prospero… but to no avail. I had a bad taste in my mouth from the get-go because I remembered a comment about the ambiguity of the Caliban situation—how maybe he did try to rape Miranda, but maybe he didn’t, so maybe Prospero was noble by enslaving Caliban… but maybe he was tyrannical....   [tags: essays research papers] 436 words
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A Comparison of Justice in The Tempest and Merchant of Venice - Justice in The Tempest and Merchant of Venice In both Merchant of Venice and The Tempest, Shakespeare proposes ideas of justice and mercy that hold true in both plays. In order to see if the actions taken were just and/or merciful, definitions of these words must be set up. If we were to assume that Shakespeare's definition of mercy was what Portia espoused in act four, scene one, specifically lines 205 - 206, the definition of mercy must be viewed in a biblical sense. Thus, in order to judge if something is merciful, one must look to see if it fulfills the qualifications of mercy in the New Testament....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 744 words
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Essay on Shakespeare's The Tempest - Prospero and Shakespeare - The Tempest, Prospero and Shakespeare There can be no doubt that The Tempest contains numerous references to the theater, and while many of Shakespeare's plays make reference to the dramatic arts and their analogy to real life (e.g., "all the world's a stage"), it is in this, his last play, that the Bard most explicitly acknowledges that the audience is viewing a show. Thus, in the play's final scene (Act I, scene i., ll.148ff), Prospero tells his prospective son-in-law Ferdinand that the revels at hand are almost at an end, that the actors are about to retire, and that the "insubstantial pageant" of which he has been a part has reached its conclusion....   [tags: free essay writer] 1119 words
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