The Tempest, like any text, is a product of its context. It is constructed in relation to moral or ethical concerns of 17th century European Jacobean society. The resolution of conflict appears 'natural' or an inevitable consequence if regarded in relation to the concerns of its context. The resolution of conflict in this play incorporates Prospero being returned to his 'rightful' or natural position as Duke of Milan, his daughter Miranda getting married to Ferdinand, and the party returning to Milan leaving the island to the 'monster', Caliban. The resolution is a consequence of the concerns of the time, including the idea of the divine right of kings, courtly love, and colonisation.
Conflict between the two brothers, Prospero and Antonio, for the powerful position of Duke is resolved when Prospero is crowned; this is presented as 'natural' through the idea of the 'divine right of kings'. In Jacobean society, the religious belief was that the King (James I at the time of this play) was divinely willed to have this position, and that there was a connection between God and the King. Shakespeare mimics this idea by often relating Prospero to God throughout The Tempest, with stage directions such as
'Prospero on top, invisible' which positions him 'close to God' and by his power to manipulate and control the lives of others:
'mine enemies are a...
... middle of paper ...
The resolution of conflict in The Tempest is thus naturalised and constructed as an inevitable consequence through the use of moral and ethical concerns in the play, including the 'divine right of kings', the 'great chain of being', courtly love,
colonising discourse and expanding territory. The Tempest thus incorporates concerns of the Jacobean 17th century context, used to naturalise the resolution.
Shakespeare, W. The Tempest. Ed. Sutherland, J.R. (1990)
"Tempest & Court Masques" By H. C. Sherwood
Meller, A., Moon, G.T. Literary Shakespeare (1993) Sydney: Canon Publications
Lecture on "The Tempest" (1988) C. Holmes
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The entrance of The Tempest into theatres between 1610 and 1611, signifies a possible correlation between Shakespeare's play and the colonization of the ideal New World. Before analyzing the courtly order and utopian theme in The Tempest, it is important to understand the politics and culture of the court in the early 17th century. The society that Shakespeare emerges from plays an important role in the themes portrayed in The Tempest, because it leads to the utopian solution to the political and class conflict.... [tags: Tempest essays]
2477 words (7.1 pages)
- What immediately strikes the audience about The Tempest is the use of the supernatural in the form of apparitions like Ariel and the Harpy. These apparitions are under Prospero's authority and the result of his Art, which is the disciplined use of virtuous knowledge. By invoking a masque to celebrate the betrothal of Ferdinand and Miranda, Prospero effectively brings to full circle the theme of re-generation by obliterating the evil done and suffered by one generation through the love of the next.... [tags: Tempest essays]
2294 words (6.6 pages)
- On Wednesday April 24th I attended the University of Southern Mississippi’s production of The Tempest, written by William Shakespeare in 1610. Shakespeare’s The Tempest syndicates a mixture of comic and tragic styles, integrating components of both romance and realism in a way which varies significantly from the style and mode of his earlier plays. However, in the end of The Tempest all the obstacles are overcome and an air of comedic relief precedes the finale. This play can be categorized as an Elizabethan Romantic comedy with hints of adventure and magic.... [tags: comic and tragic literature]
610 words (1.7 pages)
- 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 (2.2 pages)
- Option 2-Management Style and Conflict Resolution Conflict is an inevitable part of life that occurs when people have incompatible interests, experiences, feelings, or ideals (Meier, 2011). How people respond to conflict can either benefit or harm the direction of the disagreement. Having a better understanding on how to respond to conflict, especially in work environments, can greatly reduce work stress and quarrels from escalating. Through strategies and processes to manage conflict, members of management can uncover the best possible resolution of a conflict situation to preserve relationships and improve communication and trust.... [tags: Management, Conflict, Conflict resolution]
1346 words (3.8 pages)
- Conflict Resolution at Work for Dummies Book Review As anyone who has been in the working world for even a small amount of time can attest, conflicts can often arise at work with a boss, a peer, or a subordinate. The key focus and point of Conflict Resolution at Work for Dummies is a “how-to”, step-by-step guide for avoiding and mediating conflict in the workplace. Workplace conflicts can be avoided by following a set process and asking the right questions. Communication seems to be a common denominator in conflict.... [tags: Dispute resolution, Mediation, Workplace conflict]
1136 words (3.2 pages)
- I. INTRODUCTION When two or more people come together with an aligned goal, a team is formed. This team is comprised of members, each with his own plan of action to best achieve the task at hand. Many times one member believes that his point of view is the most correct or most efficient, while another member of the team may disagree, offering her idea as best. When one individual challenges another, conflict is born. This is a very basic example, and only one type of conflict is addressed.... [tags: Resolution of Conflict]
1949 words (5.6 pages)
- Conflict Resolution Throughout life people should consider developing integrated conflict management systems to prevent and resolve conflict and provide practical guidelines for designing and implementing such systems. The principles identified in this document can be used to manage external conflict with customers, clients and the public. Better understanding of people's personality types is the first step in resolving conflict. Group participation is another area that deserves attention. Understanding the objective of the group will also help to strive towards a common goal, and help to dissolve conflict.... [tags: Conflict Management Resolution]
1626 words (4.6 pages)
- CONFLICT In 1996, I was called to serve as pastor of Pryorsburg Baptist Church, located near Mayfield, Kentucky. The Pastor Search Committee had informed me that the church was currently experiencing a time of great unity, harmony, and growth. They further told me that my call was unanimous. They said that the church had grown to the point that the last pastor had resigned, a after a three-year tenure, because he had been promoted to Dean of Students at a nearby Baptist college and could no longer serve as pastor of a church of this size.... [tags: Communication Conflict Resolution]
1748 words (5 pages)
- A group can only be called a team if the members are actively working together toward a common goal. A team must have the capability to set goals, make decisions, solve problems, and share responsibilities. For a team to be successful, trust must be earned between its members by being consistent and reliable (Temme & Katzel, 2005). When more than one person is working on a particular task, inconsistent views or opinions commonly arise. People come from different backgrounds and live through different life experiences therefore, even when working towards a common goal, they will not always see eye to eye.... [tags: Mediation Arbitration, Conflict Resolution]
1279 words (3.7 pages)