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The Sublime Savage: Caliban on Setebos - The Sublime Savage: Caliban on Setebos "Caliban my slave, who never / Yields us kind answer." (The Tempest, I.ii.310-1) "Caliban on Setebos" was one of Robert Browning's more popular poems among the Victorians, for its presumed satire of orthodox Calvinism, Puritanism, and similarly grim Christian sects. And Browning as Shakespeare's savage does indeed seem to hurl a few barbs in that direction, but the poet's exercise seems to be as much one in alternative theology. Caliban's bog-bound conjectures, in their significant departures from standard religious doctrine, serve as both an interesting repudiation of Archdeacon Paley's attempts to rationalize God, and as an entertaining 'science-fiction' tale, if you will, of religious thought under alternate circumstances....   [tags: Caliban on Setebos Essays] 1099 words
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Understanding Caliban - 1. What values does your character most cherish. What values does your character reject. Caliban rejects the Eurocentric values that were both imposed upon him and exploited him as a slave. Caliban rejects the Elizabethan belief of a social positioning of a rigid hierarchy that is dictated by birth. These race and power inequalities affect the “rightful” ownership of one’s tangible and emotional properties. Caliban’s nature and race therefore make him inferior to intruders into his world. These visitors impose Western values and beliefs that exist to reduce his own values to barbaric violence....   [tags: Shakespeare] 620 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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Shakespeare’s Characterisation of Caliban - Caliban is arguably one of the most complex characters in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, despite his low position in the social hierarchy. Primarily, we form our first impression of Caliban through what Prospero says about him. Prospero draws parallels between Caliban and his other servant Ariel, who was ‘too delicate’ to perform the ‘abhorred’ commands of the witch Sycorax. He then goes on to compare Ariel with Caliban; “a freckled whelp hag born – not honoured with/A human shape.” In line 317 of the play, Prospero refers to Caliban as a ‘tortoise’ and then immediately compares him to Ariel, who is a ‘fine apparition.’ This shows the variation of the two servants and shows Prospero’s obvious derogatory attitude towards Caliban and his biased preference towards Ariel....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature] 1376 words
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The Purpose of Caliban in The Tempest - The Purpose of Caliban in The Tempest       One of the indispensable themes displayed in The Tempest is the duality of nature and society.  This is made apparent through the character of Caliban.  Caliban is a dis-figured fish-like creature that inhabits the island where the play The Tempest, takes place.              Caliban is the son a witch-hag, and the only native on the island.  In Caliban's first speech, he suggests that Prospero stole the island from him. (Act 1, Scene 1, line 331-342) "This island's mine by Sycorax my mother Which thou tak'st from me.  When thou camest first, Caliban is a servant to Prospero, the right duke of Milan.  Caliban is a monstrous, and ugly creature.  He is often referred to as servant-monster by others characters.  At the start of the play, Caliban curses at the authority of Prospero because his dislikes him.  (Act 1 scene 2 line 321-324) "As wicked dew as e'er my mother brush'd with raven's feather from unwholesome fen Drop on both!  A south-west blow on ye And blister all o'er" Although Caliban has a foolish tongue, he is very knowledgeable on the island.  Prospero recognizes his survival on the island but shows no respect for this.  (Act 1 scene 2 line 366-371) ""Hag-seed, hence....   [tags: Tempest Shakespeare]
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The Oppression of Caliban in The Tempest - The Oppression of Caliban in The Tempest William Shakespeare's, "The Tempest," provides insight into the hierarchy of command and servitude by order of nature. This play uses the relationship between its characters to display the control of the conqueror over the conquered. It also shows how society usually places the undesirable members at the bottom of the chain of command, even though they may be entitled to a higher social status. For example, the beginning of the play opens with a scene on a boat in the midst of a terrible storm....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest - Missing Works Cited 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....   [tags: essays research papers] 1852 words
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The Character of Caliban in The Tempest - The Character of  Caliban in The Tempest        Caliban is the only authentic native of what is often called 'Prospero's Island'. However, he is not an indigenous islander, his mother Sycorax was from Argier, and his father Setebos seems to have been a Patagonian deity. Sycorax was exiled from Argier for witch-craft, much like Prospero himself, and Caliban was born on the island. Caliban's own understanding of his position is made eloquently plain when we first meet him:   I must eat my dinner....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Caliban Portrayed as a Child in The Tempest - Caliban Portrayed as a Child in The Tempest        Can a grown adult develop and act like a child?  Shakespeaer's answer would have been yes.  This fact is depicted through the character of Caliban.  Caliban's speech and manners, as well as his thought, all display the very basic reactions and notions of human beings.  He is also controlled by a parent figure who comes in the form of Prospero.  An analysis of Caliban can hold him up to Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development, which focuses on the development of children.  Caliban, unquestionably, fits one of Piaget's developmental stages.  Jean Piaget developed his Theory of Cognitive Senses in 1952.  According to Piaget, as children develop, they must make constant mental adaptations to new observations and experiences.  Piaget's theory was made up of four stages; the sensorimotor stage, the preoperational stage, the concrete operations stage, and the formal operations stage.  If children can be defined by these stages, it is important to note that Shakespeare's character Caliban can also be defined by Piaget's theory because he is presented ultimately as a child.  Part of his child-like demeanor stems from the fact that he is comparable to the primitive savage who does not understand the Western European world....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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The Characters of Prospero and Caliban in The Tempest - The Conflict between Passion and Intellect in The Tempest      During the time of Shakespeare, society had a hierarchical structure. In Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, the characters of Prospero and Caliban, represent two different extremes on the social spectrum: the ruler, and the ruled. Their positions on the social hierarchy are largely due to the fact that Caliban responds almost wholly to passions, feelings of pleasure -- his senses, while Prospero is ruled more by his intellect and self-discipline -- his mind....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Caliban from The Tempest - As an actor, select one character from ‘The Tempest’ and discuss how you would create the role, bearing in mind its function in the plot and its relationship to other characters. I have chosen Caliban to discuss, since, as an actor, I find him the most interesting character and thus the most enjoyable to discuss. Caliban’s function in the plot is one that is difficult to define. He is not the key protagonist, since this title belongs to the treacherous Alonso in his usurpation of Prosporo. Infact he does not at all directly encourage the conclusion of the play....   [tags: essays research papers] 1560 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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The Character of Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest - The Character of Caliban in The Tempest     'This thing of darkness, I must acknowledge mine' It is impossible to understand The Tempest without first understanding the character of Caliban. Despite numerous novels and poems praising the virtuous, the pure and the good, everyone has within them a darker side of depravity and evil thoughts. This makes us human. What distinguishes between good and bad people, though, is the way in which this 'alter ego' manifests itself to both the rest of mankind and to oneself....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Prospero and Caliban of William Shakespeare's The Tempest - Prospero and Caliban of William Shakespeare's The Tempest   Within The Tempest, characters such as Prospero and Caliban share an intimate connection. Without some kind of malevolent force motivating the action of the play, none of the major characters would come into contact with each other. A violent storm, formed by Prospero's magic, subjects the foreign characters to the might of his mysterious power. Issues of control become a central part of The Tempest. One way in which this is highlighted is through the relationship between Prospero and Caliban, his bestial servant....   [tags: Shakespeare Tempest Essays]
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Prospero's Judgment of Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest - Prospero's Judgment of Caliban in Shakespeare's The Tempest “A devil, a born devil, on whose nature Nurture can never stick; on whom my pains, Humanely taken are lost, quite lost. And so with age his body uglier grows, So his mind cankers.” (IV.I. 188-192) Prospero’s judgement on Caliban changes considerably throughout ‘The Tempest.’ However Caliban is always referred to as of a much lower status than Prospero, such as “poisonous slave” and “dull thing.” In the lines 188-192, act four, scene one, Prospero’s judgement on Caliban is possibly the most scathing throughout the entirety of the play....   [tags: Papers] 975 words
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The Character of Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest - The Character of Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest Caliban is one of the most interesting of Shakespeare’s characters. For centuries, scholars have puzzled over the meaning and importance of this central character. Who or what is this creature. Is he a man or a beast (Peterson, p.2). Most of the people who have debated this question take the question itself at face value. Caliban is either a man or a beast. The other characters in the play dismiss him as a "poisonous slave," "savage," and "hag-seed" (Act 1, Scene 2), but that does not mean that the reader must do so as well....   [tags: Tempest essays] 805 words
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Shakespeare's Caliban and the Colonial Approach to Slaves - ... George Lamming wrote, A Monster, a Child, a Slave, in which he looked in depth at the relationship between Caliban and Prospero. In this essay, he makes in it known Shakespeare made Caliban black intentionally, “It is not by accident that his [Caliban] skin is black; for black, too, is the colour of his loss; the absence of any soul.” (Lamming 160). However, in the play it is never stated specifically that Caliban is black but it is inferred by, “This damned witch Sycorax / For mischiefs manifold, and sorceries terrible / To enter human hearing, from Algiers, / Thou know’st, was banished.” (1.2.263-266)....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Colonialism]
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Comparing Shakespeare's Caliban to the African-American - Comparing Shakespeare's Caliban to the African-American Caliban, immediately introduced as "poisonous slave," "savage," "hag-seed," is a character often likened to the African- American slave. The ease and matter-of-factness with which Prospero and Miranda dismiss him is painfully obvious even before he enters the scene (Act 1, Scene 3). Through no fault of his own, Caliban is dehumanized by the authority of his day and dismissed by the important members of his society. He looks much different from the others on the island, so he is not seen as a true human being; in fact, his only redemption lies in the fact that he is able to learn the language in order to serve the master....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 1118 words
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Prospero's Relationship with Caliban and Colonialism in "The Tempest" - The relationship between Prospero and Caliban is a perfect demonstration of the dependence relationship between a coloniser and the native of whichever colony he set his eye upon. Colonialism was a subject easily related to by Shakespeare's contemporary audience; with James on the throne the British Empire was beginning to thrive and would soon become the largest in not only the 17th Century world, but one of the largest in history. At the time 'The Tempest' was first preformed, 1611, Britain had begun to lay claim to North America and the smaller Caribbean isles, a fact the King was no doubt proud of and, similarly to his addition of the supernatural (a subject that fascinated James), aiming to impress Shakespeare chose to make colonialism a central theme in 'The Tempest'. Within his portrayal of Prospero, Shakespeare skilfully displays this character as the embodiment of all characteristics that defined the true colonisers; strength, power, and of course the intense control of all relationships and land he is invested in....   [tags: Colonialism, Tempest, shakespeare,] 1490 words
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Analysis of Shakespeare's The Tempest - Caliban and Trinculo - Psychoanalytic Analysis of Caliban and Trinculo of The Tempest    From a psychoanalytic perspective, both Caliban and Trinculo of Shakespeare’s The Tempest are interesting characters. Caliban is very sexual and bitter, while Trinculo is at odds with everything: his situation of being washed ashore and wrongly accused of saying things when he did not utter a word, as well as Caliban’s worship of an unkingly man, his drunken friend Stephano. Caliban has obviously not had all of his desires trained to stay within him, despite Prospero’s punishments and Miranda’s schooling....   [tags: Shakespeare The Tempest] 511 words
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The Importance of Caliban in William Shakespeare's The Tempest - The Importance of Caliban in William Shakespeare's The Tempest   'This thing of darkness, I must acknowledge mine.' Although many seem baffled by Shakespeare's The Tempest, the plot is not the target to be deciphered. We understand The Tempest through understanding the character of Caliban. Many works highlight the virtuous side of human nature, failing to acknowledge the darkness that lives within the hearts of all. The Tempest is not one of these works. This story realizes that it is impossible to have the good aspect of human nature without the bad....   [tags: Tempest essays Shakespeare ]
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The Character of Caliban in Shakespeare?s Tempest - "On the one hand Caliban can been seen as noble, but on the other he is seen as bestial." Using evidence from the text discuss Shakespeare's creation of Caliban. Josh Penfold It is impossible to understand The Tempest without first understanding the character of Caliban. Through the exploration of the character of Caliban the reader gains an understanding of his importance within the play and that he is simply not just black and white, there is also a great deal of grey. It is the characters ambiguity that enables him to be human inside although appearing bestial on the outside....   [tags: Tempest essays] 1835 words
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Shakespeare's Presentation of the Relationship between Prospero and Caliban in The Tempest - Shakespeare's Presentation of the Relationship between Prospero and Caliban in The Tempest Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ is set on a small island between Tunis and Naples. The play is initially based around Prospero; once Duke of Milan, a loving father to Miranda and inhabitant of the island for the past twelve years, after being usurped by his scheming brother Antonio. When exploring the relationship between Prospero and Caliban, a ‘whelp hag-born’ living on the island when Prospero and Miranda first arrive, we must consider a number of aspects of Prospero and Caliban’s relationship....   [tags: Papers] 1216 words
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tempnature Caliban as Representative of Natural Man in Shakespeare's The Tempest - Caliban as Representative of Natural Man in The Tempest           The Tempest presents an argument against the concept of the noble savage through the character of Caliban.  Caliban is the main focus as far as the notion of "nature" and "natural man" is considered in the play.  Proof of this can be found in his name--"Caliban" sounds very similar to "cannibal," and hence serves to link him with primitive, natural man.  In the first scene of the play, Caliban's character is connected with the lower objects of the planet, including the "springs, brine-pits, barren place and fertile."  Caliban thus appears to be beneath most human men because of his bestial nature.  His mother's background also indicates that there may be quite a bit of evil in him.  Characters in the play call him a "monster," however, at times, Caliban speaks some of the most beautiful and lyrical language in the play.  Thus, Caliban, as the representative of nature, emerges as a very complex character....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Relationship between Prospero, Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest - Relationship between Prospero, Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest    Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest is set on a mysterious island surrounded by the ocean. Here the magician Prospero is ruler of the isle with his two servants Caliban and Ariel.  Caliban is the abrasive, foul-mouthed son of the evil witch Sycorax. When Prospero was shipwrecked on the island Prospero treated him kindly but their relationship changed when Caliban tried to rape Prospero's daughter, Miranda. Caliban then became Prospero's unwilling servant....   [tags: Shakespeare Tempest]
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Shakespeare's Influence on the Audience's Response to Caliban in The Tempest - Shakespeare's Influence on the Audience's Response to Caliban in The Tempest My essay hopes to draw into focus one of the most complex characters in Shakespeare's play The Tempest, - Caliban. Shakespeare influences the audience's response to Caliban using in turn, humour and pathos to make the audience relate to the various strands of his character. Caliban can be interpreted in many ways, and only when examining his character as a whole, can we truly understand how Shakespeare wanted us to interpret him....   [tags: Papers] 1266 words
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Relationship between Caliban and Prospero in Act I of The Tempest - The short extract taken from “The Tempest” helps us learn a lot about the characters Prospero and Caliban and their relationship within the play. Prospero, when we first meet him, emerges as a very controlling and dominant figure on the island, mainly because he refers to the character Caliban as his “slave”. This shows us that Prospero must be a powerful man and that he has authority over the island and its people. Prospero uses his power to abuse Caliban, and he threatens him with phrases such as “thou shalt have cramps, side-stitches...” if he does not comply with his orders....   [tags: essays research papers] 516 words
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Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Shakespeare’s Caliban - Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Shakespeare’s Caliban “Caliban...takes shape beneath the arc of wonder that moves throughout the play between “creatures” and “mankind,” between animate beings in general and their realization in the form of humanity. Is he man or fish. creature or person?" (Lupton, 3). “Although in The Tempest the word creature appears nowhere in conjunction with Caliban himself, his character is everywhere hedged in and held up by the politic-theological category of the creaturely" (Lupton, 3)....   [tags: Tempest essays] 2816 words
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Analysis of Shakespeare's The Tempest - Heart Of The Savage - The Tempest: The Heart Of The Savage Caliban the deformed savage on the island from his first appearance in the play is more animal than human. Prospero first refers to Caliban by calling him a, "tortoise" (1.2.318). This sets the tone for Caliban's character in the play as he is labeled as a semi-beast in the play. But interestingly despite Caliban's deformed body and animal like appearance he possess remarkable eloquence that gives him power. Prospero, a renaissance prince even with his velvety language only equals Caliban in eloquence....   [tags: Tempest essays] 582 words
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William Shakespeare's The Tempest - William Shakespeare's The Tempest ‘The Tempest’ was Shakespeare’s last major play and is partly based on a true story about a ship called ‘The Seaventure’ which set sail for America in 1609. However, the ship was blown off course by a storm and ended up in Bermuda. This was the time when people were just beginning to explore the world and Bermuda was thought to be inhabited by spirits, demons and monsters. Shakespeare used the disaster of ‘The Seaventure’ as a starting point for his play and incorporated the beliefs of the people in his play....   [tags: Papers] 1183 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 Prospero in particular....   [tags: essays research papers] 1303 words
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The Cycle of Slavery in The Tempest - The Cycle of Slavery in The Tempest   William Shakespeare’s The Tempest blends elements of adventure and intellectual inquiry. The plot of Shakespeare’s last work contains comedy, romance, and action enough to sustain the interest of his common audience. However, there lies beneath the eloquent language and exciting plot an intelligent political commentary. Shakespeare uses the setting of a virtually uninhabited island as an experimental testing ground for the institution of slavery. Shakespeare shows through his island experiment that subjugation, once instituted, seems to perpetuate itself....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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tempcolon The Theme of Colonization in The Tempest - The Theme of Colonization in The Tempest         Colony-A member or inhabitant of a colony.  A body of emigrants who settle in a remote region but remain under the control of a parent country.  --Webster's Dictionary   Can Prospero be defined as a type of colonist?  He does, after all, impose his presence onto an island already inhabited by somebody else, take over control and enslave his predecessor, while at the same time still remaining under the control of his native land.  If Prospero represents the colonist, or the white man, then Caliban serves as his counterpart in this discussion.  Critics have argued in the past that The Tempest's representation of Caliban relates Caliban to the black man, because Caliban, like African Americans of early times, is conquered and forced into slavery against his will.  Caliban thus becomes a representative of the colonized man.  Critics have pointed out that this device seems to fit the bill because of the Caribbean like location of the play; it is foreign and strange and not the native home of the white man who comes to discover it and claim it as his own.  At the same time, if the audience takes this interpretation to light, Prospero thus emerges as the white man, or the colonist.  Caliban thus serves to represent native cultures, while Prospero serves to represent colonizing cultures, like the British of Shakespeare's time.  The parallel of Prospero's domination of Caliban as compared to the Europeans colonization of the Africans, which was a topic of Shakespeare's time, becomes relevant upon closer examination....   [tags: Tempest 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 are treated in a more humane fashion than Caliban....   [tags: essays research papers] 1222 words
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The Tempest - The Tempest The Tempest is a play that has a theme of nature and civilization. It has a strong theme that deals with issues of colonizer and the colonized. While to many people this play may simply be just a play, it really has a story of what happens when nature and civilization collide. The character Caliban represents a being of pure nature. The character Prospero is civilization. These characters can also be seen as the colonized and the colonizer. The relationship they have is very complex and is a constant struggle, much like any relationship between a colonizer and colonized....   [tags: Papers] 945 words
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English - In literature as in life, characters are multi-dimensional beings. They possess a wide variety of character traits that make them who they are. In the Tempest written by William Shakespeare, Prospero traits resemble those of the Europeans that came during the exploration of the Americas. Thus, Prospero’s treatment of Caliban is similar to the way Europeans treated the Native Americans. In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered America. The Europeans came to the Americas and took over. Similarly, Prospero came to the island and took over....   [tags: essays research papers] 412 words
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Imperialism in the Tempest - a Question of Ethics and Morality - When one interacts with strangers, feelings of superiority and inferiority are bound to occur. In Shakespeare's time period, most of the Europeans' perspectives were disrespectful, arrogant, and full of ignorance. Like the Native Americans, for most of the European colonists who landed in the "New World," it was their first exposure to the people of a different race. And yet, their first intuition of the Native Americans was described as barbarians, savages, and cannibals. The Europeans thought themselves as superior compared to the "poor savages"(Takaki 148); likewise in The Tempest, Shakespeare portrayed Prospero as the rightful leader of Caliban's island, just as the Europeans thought of themselves as the rightful rulers of the Americas....   [tags: European Literature] 1154 words
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Master And Slave In William Shakespeare's The Tempesy - The relationship between master and slave is embraced by Shakespeare in his play The Tempest. Conflicts and complexities of authority are portrayed by the characters Prospero and Caliban. As one gains power, the other loses it. In the play, Prospero rises to power, while Caliban loses it. The legitimacy of Prospero’s authority over Caliban is, however, questionable. What gives Prospero the power over Caliban. What are the reasons that Caliban should obey his masters’ orders....   [tags: essays research papers] 1069 words
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The Issue of Money in The Tempest and Othello - The Issue of Money in The Tempest and Othello The central issue depicted in both plays The Tempest and Othello is about money. Money in substantial amounts can represent great power and strength over the ruling nation. It plays a major role in our everyday society and one that is fully illustrated in both of Shakespeare’s play. Both of the plays are related to his matter, in that the subplot characters attempt to achieve high respect and, therefore, gain power and strength by deception. A parallelism can be drawn between the characters of Caliban, Trinculo and Stephano from The Tempest to Othello with Iago, Othello involved....   [tags: William Shakespeare The Tempest Othello Essays]
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Utopian Society in Shakespeare's The Tempest - Missing Works Cited 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 pitied thee, took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each hour one thing or another.” Prospero is saying that Caliban is a “savage” who can not be educated, yet we hear that Miranda has taught him to speak, amongst other things....   [tags: essays research papers] 1944 words
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Categorizing of People in Shakespeare’s Tempest and Dante’s Inferno - Categorizing of People in Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Dante’s Inferno Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Dante’s Inferno both exhibit Foucault’s idea of categorization and subjectification using “dividing practices.” (Rabinow 8) Foucault argued that people can rise to power using discourse, “Discourse has the ability to turn human beings into subjects by placing them into certain categories.” (Rabinow 8) These categories are then defined “according to their level of deviance from the acceptable norm.” (Rabinow 8) Some examples of such categories are the homosexual, the insane, the criminal and the uncivilized....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Cultural Differences - I Know I Am But What Are You. Cultural Differences in The Tempest, Montaigne’s Essays, and In Defense of the Indians Paper #2 The Tempest, In Defense of the Indians, and Montaigne’s essays each illustrate what happens when two very different worlds collide. As Europe begins to saturate New World soil, the three authors offer their accounts of the dynamic between the European invader and native other. Though each work is unique in its details, they all share a common bond: Shakespeare, de Las Casas, and Montaigne show the reader how European colonialists use differences in appearance and language to justify theft and slavery....   [tags: essays research papers] 1274 words
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Searching for Meaning in Shakespeare’s Tempest - Searching for Meaning in Shakespeare’s Tempest Shakespeare lived and wrote in the Elizabethan age, a time when his society was branching out and making itself known throughout the world by colonizing other cultures. Great Britain was reaching for new heights of power. In the play Shakespeare questions the value of this new concept of British imperialism. The Tempest is called Shakespeare's American play, because he calls into question England's right to colonize other nations, much as American colonists did with America 200 years later....   [tags: Tempest essays] 1247 words
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Prospero in William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" - Prospero in William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" Prospero has long been read as one of Shakespeare’s most cherished and provocative protagonists. His timeless role in “The Tempest” has provided readers and critics with insights into many attributes of Shakespeare as a man, his works, and the political views that are personified in his play. The historical context of “The Tempest” is one that convincingly conveys the political views of the English people of his time, relating to the colonization of the New World, the expansion of British powers, and the domination of the indigenous peoples that was necessary for the British to thrive in the Americas....   [tags: Shakespeare Tempest Prospero Essays]
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Prospero as an Ideal Ruler in in Shakespeare's The Tempest - Prospero as an Ideal Ruler in The Tempest       Prospero's magical powers allow him to single-handedly take control of a situation of slowly developing chaos, caused by his eviction from Milan, and turn the plot of The Tempest. Prospero has powers over his surroundings, far greater than those of an ordinary mortal, and he uses them for good in the course of the play. This essay will discuss whether Prospero combines his magic with power over the self, and whether Shakespeare actually presents him as an ideal ruler....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Shakespeare's The Tempest as a Microcosm of Society - The Tempest as Microcosm of Society       The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's most universal plays and, not coincidentally, is very much concerned with human behavior and emotion. As John Wilders observes in The Lost Garden, “Prospero’s island is what the sociologists call a ‘model’ of human society. Its cast of characters allows Shakespeare to portray in microcosm nearly all the basic, fundamental social relationships: those of a ruler to his territory, a governor to his subjects, a father to his child, masters to servants, male to female, and the rational to the irrational within the human microcosm itself" ([London: Macmillan Press Ltd., 1978], 127)....   [tags: Shakespeare The Tempest]
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Education in Thomas More's "Utopia" - ... Before teaching Caliban a language, Miranda says he "gabbled like a thing most brutish." A unified language and mode of communication is an important step in unifying a nation as it creates a sense of belonging to a given nation, as the language is unique to that nation as well. Calban showcases the relationship between Prospero's method of teaching and magic. Caliban says, "I am subject to a tyrant,/ a sorcerer that by his cunning hath cheated me of the island." (III, ii, 40-2) This also brings to light the absolutist rule of Prospero and the slave status of the subject in the nation through Caliban (creating educated citizens/slaved for the flourishing of a nation)....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Free Tempest Essays: The Comic Sub-plot - The Importance of the Comic Sub-plot in The Tempest The comic sub-plot has various uses for the play. It brings light relief&ndash without it, it would be a very dramatic play, if not boring. As because Prospero controls the whole island we know that nothing can really happen that he doesn&rsquot want to, so the play is lacking tension and the comic sub-plot prevents it from being a very boring play. Drunkness is amusing anyway, they fall about and say stupid things which is entertaining for us, plus this is Caliban's first drink and we recognise the feelings he expresses for this&lsquo celestial liquor&rsquo and makes it all the more funny....   [tags: Shakespeare The Tempest] 795 words
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European Colonialism and Imperialism in Shakespeare's The Tempest - European Colonialism and Imperialism in Shakespeare's The Tempest William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest reveals how ideologies of racial ‘otherness’ served to legitimize European patriarchal hegemony in Elizabethan England. In the Elizabethan/ Jacobean times of England there were many relevant ideologies relevant to this play. In examining the values and ideologies this text endorses and challenges, the society of the time (Elizabethan England), and a knowledge of how it operated serves a great purpose in analyzing these relationships....   [tags: Tempest Essays]
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European Colonization in Shakespeare's The Tempest - No Critique of European Colonization in The Tempest    Since the 1960s, several critics have found a critique of colonialism in their respective readings of Shakespeare's The Tempest. The most radical of these analyses takes Prospero to be a European invader of the magical but primitive land that he comes to rule, using his superior knowledge to enslave its original inhabitants, most notably Caliban, and forcing them to do his bidding. While the textual clues concerning the geographic location of Prospero's island are ambiguous and vague, there is a prominent references to the "Bermoothes." We know that shortly before he wrote his final play, Shakespeare read a contemporary travel account of the Virginia Company's 1609 expedition to the New World and its experience after being run aground on the island of Bermuda....   [tags: Tempest Shakespeare Colonialism]
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Dramatic Monologue - Dramatic Monologue When discussing the poetic form of dramatic monologue it is rare that it is not associated with and its usage attributed to the poet Robert Browning. Robert Browning has been considered the master of the dramatic monologue. Although some critics are skeptical of his invention of the form, for dramatic monologue is evidenced in poetry preceding Browning, it is believed that his extensive and varied use of the dramatic monologue has significantly contributed to the form and has had an enormous impact on modern poetry....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Conflict and Harmony in The Tempest - Conflict and Harmony in The Tempest     William Shakespeare describes a 'utopic' world saturated with supernatural images and ideas which works to create the mysterious island where The Tempest takes place.  This is one of Shakespeare's best examples of how a natural harmony reveals itself through the actions of discourse and confusion.  To illustrate this idea best one must examine the historical context upon which The Tempest is based.  Because this play was published in the early 1600s, controversial cultural and political events undoubtedly surface.  Furthermore, by analyzing the sub-plots in the play, the reader has a better understanding of Shakespeare's purpose for including multi-plots, which is to create conflicts that all have a different context but coexist to create a more natural harmony.   Finally, one must recognize that the moral conflict that characters face in The Tempest is crucial in understanding the harmony that is created.  For example, it is important to realize that although the play ends with reconciliation for most of the characters, it does not have the same effect on all of the characters.  Therefore, by examining the effects of the historical context, the inclusion of sub-plots, and the importance of moral conflict the reader may take a more comprehensive approach in understanding how Shakespeare finds a harmonious closure in The Tempest....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Essay on the Importance of Language in The Tempest - The Importance of Language in The Tempest      In discussing Derrida's view of Western literature, Geoffrey Hartman writes that "Western tradition has been marked . . . by a metaphysics of light, by the violence of light itself, from Apollonian cults to Cartesian philosophies. In the light of this emphatic light everything else appears obscure; especially the Hebraic development of aniconic writing and self-effacing commentary of textuality" (xix). This point is well illustrated by the nature of Prospero's power in The Tempest for his control of natural and supernatural forces is achieved through book-learning the bringing to life of Logos....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Quest for Power In The Tempest - Quest for Power In The Tempest      I suggest that engraved into humanity's essence is the intense desire for power. William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest not only depicts this concept, but breaks it down for the reader; enabling effective analysis of this concept. Through notable characterization, Shakespeare is able to convey key concepts regarding the idea of power versus ambition. Specifically, the role that ambition and the moderation of one's ambition play in the effectiveness of control....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Character Analysis Of Prospero - Prospero, of course, is the play. He is the exiled duke of Milan and the father of Miranda, as well as a powerful magician ruler of a remote island. The play revolves around him. He has more lines than any other character. His presence is felt continuously, even in those scenes in which he does not appear personally. He is the manipulator of the action in the play. The sometimes-godlike character is well rounded and full of contradictions, making him a difficult character to evaluate. In his judging, punishing, forgiving, and in many other ways, he is godlike compare to the rest of the characters in the play....   [tags: essays research papers] 862 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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The Tempest - ... The reader can identify more with Caliban then in The Tempest. In Shakespeare's play, Ariel is considered a spirit while Caliban is half human, and half beast. On the contrast in Cesaire's version of The Tempest, Ariel is a mulatto slave while Caliban is a black one. The political analysis in Cesaire's A Tempest, is the color standard which is proposed. It is a known fact that lighter slaves were primarily house slaves while darker slaves worked in the fields. It is seen how Ariel is treated nicer, is given lighter jobs and is actually freed at the end....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare, Classics] 1753 words
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Analysis of Shakespeare's The Tempest - A Jungian Interpretation - A Jungian Interpretation of the Tempest   Shakespeare’s Tempest lends itself to many different levels of meaning and interpretation. The play can be seen on a realistic plane as a tale of political power and social responsibility. It can be seen as allegory examining the growth of the human spirit. The Tempest investigates marriage, love, culture. It is symbolic of man’s rational higher instincts verses his animal natural tendencies. This is a play of repentance, power, revenge and fate that can also be seen as fantasy, dream, imagination, metaphor or magic....   [tags: Shakespeare The Tempest]
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The Dictatorial Prospero of Shakespeare's The Tempest - The Dictatorial Prospero of The Tempest        Motivation often propels people to achieve high goals. Sometimes, however, motivation is too strong a tool and can manifest into selfish desires. The exploitation of the weak invariably results from the strong abusing their power, especially in a political setting. In William Shakespeare's ‘The Tempest’, Prospero is displayed as a tyrannical character who spawns a disastrous storm as part of a grand scheme to regain his title of Duke of Milan. His subsequent treatment of each character in the play, even his beloved daughter are purely based on his self-centered motives....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Themes in the Tempest - Themes in the Tempest     The Tempest is generally considered to be Shakespeare's last sole-authored play. The play draws a number of oppositions, some of which it dramatises, and some of which it only implies. Prospero, a figure exhibiting many resemblances to the Elizabethan idea of the 'Mage', (of whom the best known is probably Dr. John Dee), is opposed to both his corrupt brother, usurper of his role as Duke of Milan, and to Sycorax, an evil witch and mother of the 'deformed slave' Caliban....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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The Battle for Political Power in The Tempest - The Battle for Political Power in The Tempest Rich in imagination, magic, and wonder, The Tempest forms a world within itself. Within this world, many topics regarding government, power and colonization are addressed. Shakespeare tackles the discovery of new places and races, the relationship between the colonized and the colonist, old world ideologies on new soil, as well as theories on civilization and government. These aspects at the core reveal a very clear struggle for political power. Prospero's first major monologue creates the foundation of such a theme....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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The Tempest - Throughout the play The Tempest there is a relationship that pits master and slave in a harmony that benefits both parties. Though it may sound strange, these slaves sometimes have a goal or expectation that they hope to have fulfilled. Although rarely realized by its by its participants, the Master--Slave, Slave--Master relationship is a balance of expectation and fear by the slaves to the master; and a perceived since of power by that of the master over the slaves. The relationship between the slave and master is one of expectation and perceived fear....   [tags: essays research papers] 1118 words
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On the Origin of Darwin and the Institution of Slavery - ... While admonishing Caliban after his attempted rape, Miranda comments on the barbaric state in which they found Caliban, and she acknowledges that he was not without capacity for learning and language: Abhorrèd slave, Which any print of goodness wilt not take, Being capable of all ill. I pitied thee, Took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each hour One thing or other. When thou didst not, savage, Know thine own meaning, but wouldst gabble like A thing most brutish,… (1.2.355-361) Sycorax, is likely the one who instilled knowledge upon him before her death because he was able to survive on the island for so long and he was able to become accustomed to the aberrant phenomenon on the island....   [tags: Evolution, Natural Seleccion] 2637 words
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Shakespeare's Tempest - ... This encapsulates the essence of his inconsiderate mindset before being ostracized and is undeniably echoed through his treatment of others. Prospero actively mirrors the same authoritarian attitude and ideals on to Ariel and Caliban that he is being subjected to. Upon arriving on the island, Prospero took immediate ascendency over the land and all inhabitants. Caliban scrutinizes the arrival of Prospero and Miranda, “The island's mine by Sycorax my mother, Which thou tak'st from from me” (1.2.330-332)....   [tags: Drama Analysis ] 1253 words
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tempcolon Confronting Colonialism and Imperialism in Aime Cesaire's A Tempest - Confronting Colonialism in A Tempest     A Tempest by Aime Cesaire is an attempt to confront and rewrite the idea of colonialism as presented in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.  He is successful at this attempt by changing the point of view of the story.  Cesaire transforms the characters and transposes the scenes to reveal Shakespeare’s Prospero as the exploitative European power and Caliban and Ariel as the exploited natives.  Cesaire’s A Tempest is an effective response to Shakespeare’s The Tempest because he interprets it from the perspective of the colonized and raises a conflict with Shakespeare as an icon of the literary canon....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Interpretation Alternatives of Shakespeare's The Tempest - Interpretation Alternatives of The Tempest      A production of The Tempest should emphasize the idealized methods in which Prospero uses magic to solve the problem of revenge which is so prevalent throughout his tragedies, perhaps the production might be a direct allegory for the magic of the theatre itself.   In this conception of the play, the scattering and bringing together of the characters in the script is significant in that theatre also could be said to bring people together and allow them to share in an experience of emotion, magic, and finally, of resolution....   [tags: Tempest essays]
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Free Essays - Digging Deep into The Tempest - Digging Deep into The Tempest It makes sense to me to see in this Shakespeare's sense of his own art--both what it can achieve and what it cannot. The theatre--that magical world of poetry, song, illusion, pleasing and threatening apparitions--can, like Prospero's magic, educate us into a better sense of ourselves, into a final acceptance of the world, a state in which we forgive and forget in the interests of the greater human community. The theatre, that is, can reconcile us to the joys of the human community so that we do not destroy our families in a search for righting past evils in a spirit of personal revenge or as crude assertions of our own egos....   [tags: Tempest essays] 1524 words
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Utopian Thought in William Shakespeare - Utopian Thought in William Shakespeare Although Columbus had discovered the "New World" in 1492, it is interesting to note how relatively uninterested Shakespeare was in the Americas or the western travel that was sweeping Europe. While some Englanders focused their attention and dreams on the uncivilized land in the west, Shakespeare "dreamed and wrote of the old world, of battles long ago, of an ancient story-land already splendid in its braveries and devotions" (Thorndike 110)....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays] 1520 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 Set roaring war....   [tags: English Literature Essays]
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