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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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Analysis of Caliban’s Childishness in The Tempest by Shakespeare

- Analysis of Caliban’s Childishness in The Tempest The rate and characteristics of childhood cognitive development has been a topic of interest for many people throughout the ages, as classification of different stages can help us to better understand the actions of children. A common categorization method divides development into four stages: sensimotor stage, preoperational stage, concrete operational stage, and the formal operational stage. When analyzing Caliban in The Tempest, categorizing him into the preoperational stage is critical to understanding his actions and his role in the play....   [tags: development, egocentric, preoperational ]

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Perception of Prospero, a Character in Shakespeare´s The Tempest

- Obscuring Perceptions Prospero, the protagonist of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, remains the same cruel and merciless man throughout the entirety of the play. However, Shakespeare distorts reality therefore causing the reader to gradually sympathize with Prospero as the play progresses. Prospero begins the play as the perpetrator of the storm that causes the passengers of the ship to be scattered across the island. In addition, Prospero acts as the cruel master of Caliban. As the novel progresses, however, more is learned about Prospero....   [tags: Misdeeds, Sympathy]

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Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest In act 1 we learn that Prospero is a very complex character with many different aspects to his presentation. The first and probably the most obvious aspect to his character is that of the magician. Some critics argue that the 4 main characters on the Island can be said to represent different attributes to humanity: Caliban represents instinct, Miranda represents love, Ariel represents spirit and Prospero represents power. Prospero's incredible magical powers contribute to this interpretation of his character....   [tags: Papers]

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Refuge, by Terry Tempest Williams

- “My cancer is my Siberia” (93), Terry Tempest Williams’ mother concluded. In her memoir, Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams writes about her mother’s struggle with cancer. Williams’ mother comes to conclude that cancer is her Siberia after having read Tolstoy’s inspiring novel, God sees the truth, but Waits about an innocent man falsely accused of murder and sent to a prison in Siberia. I think of Siberia as bitter cold deserted tundra region. I imagine political prisoners and prison camps. Stalin’s oppressive regime lingers in my mind and a stench of death circulates the air....   [tags: Essays on Cancer]

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Terry Tempest Williams and Mormonism

- Terry Tempest Williams and Mormonism In Mormon religion, formal blessings of healing are given by men through the Priesthood of God. Women have no outward authority. But within the secrecy of the sisterhood we have always bestowed benisons upon our families. Mother sits up. I lay my hands upon her head and in the privacy of women, we pray. (158) Terry Tempest Williams is fully aware that she is contradicting the church when she writes “women have no outward authority,” yet she still chooses to take part in a ritual of healing that can only be performed by the men....   [tags: Terry William Mormon Essays]

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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]

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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]

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Compare and Contrast of Caliban and Ariel in Shakespeare’s The Tempest

- In Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, there are two characters who appear to be polar opposites. The characters of Caliban and Ariel both play very important roles in the play. The term caliban is defined as “a brutish or brutalized man,” and the term ariel is defined as “a spirit of the air” (Dictionary). The definitions of these two characters names even show the huge difference in the two characters before readers or viewers even get to know the characters. There are also differences in how the two characters feel about the self-proclaimed king of the island, Prospero....   [tags: English literature, literary analysis]

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Prospero's Complex Personality Exhibited in Shakespeare's Play The Tempest

- The play entitled “The Tempest” written in 1610 and later published in 1623 is one of the great comedy plays by William Shakespeare. The themes illustrated in the play are freedom, friendship, repentance and forgiveness. Its protagonist is an enigmatic character named Prospero who wields the compelling power of the magic arts. Prospero, the former duke of Milan and his beloved daughter have been stranded on an island for twelve years. Disappointingly, his own brother Antonio exiled him and his daughter with the help of Alonso, the king of Naples then he unrightfully claimed his brother’s position as the Duke of Milan....   [tags: Character Analysis]

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William Shakespeare 's The Tempest, The Usurpation Of Power

- In Shakespeare 's play The Tempest, the usurpation of power is a central theme. The opening scene introduces us to power struggles among the noblemen and sailors. We later learn that the former Duke of Milan, Prospero, was stripped of his power by his brother, Antonio. Also, Antonio advises Sebastian, the King’s brother, to seize Alonso’s crown. These are just a few examples of complex power dynamics caused by a difference in opinion. Everyone has a different vision of ideal government, and everyone is greedy for power, a deadly combination....   [tags: Government, Form of government, Autocracy]

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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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William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- William Shakespeare's The Tempest If by your art, my dearest father, you have(1) Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.(2) The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch,(3) But that the sea, mounting to the welkin's cheek,(4) Dashes the fire out. O, I have suffered(5) With those that I saw suffer: a brave vessel,(6) Who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her,(7) Dash'd all to pieces. O, the cry did knock (8) Against my very heart. Poor souls, they perish'd.(9) Had I been any god of power, I would(10) Have sunk the sea within the earth or ere(11) It should the good ship so have swallow'd and(12) The fraughting souls within her.(13) Thi...   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare: The Tempest

- William Shakespeare: The Tempest How is fate used by Shakespeare, in the Tempest, to change and control the range of characters, using Prospero’s power and his magic. In Literature, Destiny or Fate is a source of irony in literature; where the characters may act without realising the destiny that the audience or reader is aware of. This is very much true to that of the plot in the Tempest. Shakespeare has used Prospero’s craft of magic, his great source of power, to influence and change the fates of other characters in the play; for personal gain or for the good of others....   [tags: Papers]

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Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge

- Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge If we bemoan the loss of light as the day changes to night we miss the sunset. In her memoirs Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams relates the circumstances surrounding the 1982 rise in the Great Salt Lake as well as her mother’s death from cancer. Throughout the book Williams gets so caught up in preventing her mother’s death that she risks missing the sunset of her mother’s life. However the Sevier-Fremont’s adaptability to changes in nature inspires Terry Tempest Williams to re-evaluate her response to changes in her life....   [tags: Terry Williams Refuge Essays]

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Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge

- Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge Adaptation is the source and story of a species’ survival. Human beings’ journey across and habitation of the earth’s surfaces demanded resilience to change. As a result each race is a product of the land in which they inhabited. We have grown with the land. Our physical traits tie us to a particular region, a particular place, but what of our emotions. Are they another link to our homelands or do they orphan us, forcing us to seek refuge. Terry Tempest Williams’ Refuge, is the story of her adaptation to change, her struggle to weather changes....   [tags: Terry Williams Refuge Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- William Shakespeare's The Tempest “The rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance” In act five, scene one, I believe that the lines; “the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance“ are pivotal to the text, because the outcome of Prospero’s decision determines how the play concludes. There are many subtle hints in the text which could suggest why Prospero makes the decision that he does....   [tags: Papers]

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Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge

- Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge Everything known to man is held in some sort of balance. It is a delicate balance, one which swings rhythmically to the ebb and flow of this world. Many have studied it but it has proven too complex, too broad to understand everything that is at work. That is why it must be preserved. One such movement has recently begun which looks exclusively to preserve this balance, ecofeminism. Terry Tempest Williams is just that, an ecofeminist. In her memoir Refuge¸ Williams attempts to examine the ecological and social worlds that balance on this pendulum....   [tags: Terry Williams Refuge Memoir Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- William Shakespeare's The Tempest Generally acknowledged as one of Shakespeare's final plays, 'The Tempest' may be described as a romantic tragi-comedy - where love and contentment prosper despite the threatening presence of evil forces. However, beyond the almost 'fairy-tale' like exterior lies a seemingly direct approach to a greatly topical debate at the time. This was the supposed contrast between civilised and uncivilised persons, brought to the fore as a result of recent expeditions overseas....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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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]

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William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- William Shakespeare's The Tempest Consider the character of Prospero and show how he used his position to control many of the characters in the play and how his actions contribute to the dramatic effectiveness. How do his actions and the attitude of the characters to him relate to the events and thinking of Shakespeare's day. In the Tempest, the character of Prospero is the protagonist. Prospero is the father of Miranda and has spent twelve years on the island since he was usurped from being the Duke of Milan....   [tags: Papers]

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William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- William Shakespeare's The Tempest Shakespeare's, "The Tempest" is based around a key a idea of reuniting family through what may appear to the characters as bizarre coincidence, but in fact is the outcome of witchcraft/magic. It is widely thought the main character (Prospero) is a transformation of the famous writer himself, William Shakespeare, as Prospero pursues his studies over his people and also is very fond of his daughter....   [tags: Papers]

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The Tempest, Critical Review

- Prospero's Plottings After years of writing plays of history, tragedy, grand comedy and dramatic romance, William Shakespeare emerged from his darker writing of the past into the lighter, more peaceful style of his play “The Tempest.” This was Shakespeare’s last complete play, and, just as he bid farewell to the art he had so mastered, his principal character Prospero departs from his artful magic on the island he omnisciently controls. While Prospero’s early actions against his foes echo the ideas of a vengeful god, he strives to educate more than to correct....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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]

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tempcolon Comparing Language in Shakespeare's Tempest and Aime Cesaire's A Tempest

- Colonial Language in Shakespeare's The Tempest and Aime Cesaire's A Tempest       Language and literature are the most subtle and seductive tools of domination. They gradually shape thoughts and attitudes on an almost subconscious level. Perhaps Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak states this condition most succinctly in her essay "The Burden of English" when she writes, "Literature buys your assent in an almost clandestine way...for good or ill, as medicine or poison, perhaps always a bit of both"(137)....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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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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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]

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A Comparison of Love in Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest

- The Phenomenon of Love in Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest       We know from the very opening scene of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo and Juliet's love will end in tragedy. We may wonder why Miranda and Ferdinand in The Tempest do not end up with the same fate as Romeo and Juliet. Both couples are from opposing political families. Both couples are enraptured with their lovers. Why then does Romeo and Juliet end with their death's and the Tempest end with Miranda and Ferdinand's marriage plan....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Correlation Between Tempest and the New World

- Correlation Between Tempest and the New World Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford, The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles by John Smith, and The Tempest by William Shakespeare, seem to have one thing in common in that they all touch upon the aspect of life in the new world. While The Tempest alludes to the new world and focuses on an imaginary concept of a Utopian society, The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles and Of Plymouth Plantation offer first hand accounts of life in the new world....   [tags: essays papers]

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A Comparison of Wealth in Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest

- The Importance of Wealth in Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest       Wealth and it’s relationship to poverty figures in heavily in two of the plays we have read thus far in class. In both Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest we are treated to characters and situations that deal with wealth and poverty. Specifically however, both plays have visions of an abundance of wealth that seems at times both corruptible and foolish. In Antony and Cleopatra we have their excessive behavior and flaunting, which proves to be a vice that grips them much to tightly....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Theme of Usurpation in The Tempest by William Shakespeare

- The Theme of Usurpation in The Tempest by William Shakespeare The Tempest is a late romance, which is a mixture of comedy and tragedy and during the play Shakespeare puts across his Church of England views on usurpation. Before we discuss how Shakespeare ensures that the theme of usurpation and its consequences runs throughout The Tempest, we need to define the meaning of the term usurpation. Usurpation is when someone wrongfully seizes/assumes the power or the throne. An example of usurpation was when Napoleon usurped/seized the power from Louis XVI....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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The Relationship Between Miranda and Prospero in The Tempest

- The Relationship Between Miranda and Prospero in The Tempest Works Cited Missing Act one scene two opens with Miranda and Prospero standing on an island, after having just witnessed a shipwreck. Right from the first line we can establish the relationship between Miranda and Prospero, "My dearest father" (line 1.) As the scene commences, we begin to learn a great deal about the two roles....   [tags: Papers]

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Prospero and Caliban in The Tempest by William Shakespeare

- 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]

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Aspects of Humor in William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Aspects of Humor in William Shakespeare's The Tempest Act Two Scene Two is a comic sub plot because of the characters behaviours and actions. It also highlights some of the main themes of the central plot. Trinculo is a jester, a fool and one of the main characters, his job is to make people laugh. Stephano is the second character I am going to be focusing on. He's a drunken butler and because of his drunken actions, he's funny. Caliban adds humour to the play because of what he's thinking and doing....   [tags: Papers]

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Act One of William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Act One of William Shakespeare's The Tempest The Tempest is written by William Shakespeare it is the last complete play that he is believed to have written. The Tempest is unlike any other play that he has written because it follows the unities. The unites are the principles of drama established by ancient Greeks. The play must be in the space of one day, all of the action must relate to the main plot and all happen in the same place. The Tempest means storm, which is a symbol for change....   [tags: Papers]

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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...   [tags: European Literature]

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A Comparison of Ignorance in The Tempest and Sonnet 93

- Ignorance in The Tempest and Sonnet 93        Ignorance has been said to be bliss.  To equate appearance with reality is a facet of ignorance, and leads to a part of the bliss.  Many of Shakespeare's characters find the bliss of ignorance and revel in it, and some end up coming to terms with their gullibility.  Some few are unwilling to abandon their ignorance even when they can see real truth.  All are experiencing different stages of the human cycle.  Coming into the world, we are equipped with nothing more than recognition of appearance.  We must learn to the distinguish what is real from what is seen.  Those who have the opportunity to learn this difference will often deny the truth...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Character Of Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- The Character Of Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest Prospero appears in the play early on in the second scene. After the exhilarating beginning to 'The Tempest,' his daughter Miranda and himself bring about a calmer atmosphere, Shakespeare has intended to do so, to the extent that he has converted the language into verse for these characters. Miranda especially expresses a flowing and poetical image where she tries to portray herself as a helpless and weak girl 'O, I have suffered.' Some sentences are linked to add to this affect 'th' welkin's' overall her reflection creates an outline of Prospero's character, as he is her father....   [tags: Papers]

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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 Calib...   [tags: Papers]

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Speeches in The Tempest versus As You Like It

- The speeches delivered by Prospero and Jacques each hold extensive contrasting differences. Both Prospero, the tempestuous protagonist in The Tempest, and Jacques, a minor melancholy character in As You Like It, see things in a dissimilar light. They have gone through things in their lives that have shaped their thoughts and opinions on certain topics. Prospero and Jacques’ show this in their moods and then in the subjects of which they speak. By perceiving the contrasting objects in Prospero and Jacques’ speeches, we find that they are quite different in character....   [tags: William Shakespeare]

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The Relationship Between Servants and Masters in The Tempest

- The Relationship Between Servants and Masters in The Tempest Within "The Tempest" there are several accounts of different relationships between various servants and masters. Many scenes throughout the play are used to convey different messages concerning each character involved, and reveal many things about them. The most prominent cases of servants and masters are those involving Prospero. He was shipwrecked on the island after being usurped from his title of Duke of Milan....   [tags: Papers]

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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: free essay writer]

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Cancer and Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge

- Cancer and Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge “I cannot prove my mother, my grandmothers, along with my aunts developed cancer from nuclear fallout in Utah. But I can’t prove they didn’t.” Epilogue, Refuge In Terry Tempest Williams’s Refuge, death slowly claimed almost all of the women of her family. Death took Williams’ family members one by one just one or two years apart. In every case, the cause was cancer. Williams insisted in the epilogue that fall-out from the 1951-62 nuclear testing in Utah brought cancer to her family....   [tags: Cancer Research Refuge Williams Essays]

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jane eyre, a passage to india , and the tempest

- Jane Eyre, A passage to India, and The Tempest all hold within their covers’ stories of women or girls who knowingly and unknowingly affected the lives of men they were involved with. However, the females’ range of influence does vary between the books due the writer’s opinions of the female sex. The strength and influence of women did and will continue to have an affect on the men they are surrounded by as well as our society as a whole. Jane Eyre begins as a young, weak girl and buds into a strong, independent woman....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Miranda’s Diary from The Tempest

- Miranda’s Diary from The Tempest I couldnt believe it when that huge storm appeared from no where last night. I seen a ship get torn apart during the storm. I believed it was Father who caused this atrocity by casting a spell upon the ship, using his magic powers; he cast a storm over the ship consisting of thunder and lightning and strong winds which rocked the ship, creating havoc and impossible working conditions. When I questioned him he was quick to admit that he had done it but not because he wanted to harm anyone but as I believe he is planning to use it for his own pleasure....   [tags: Papers]

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Aldous Huxley 's Brave New World And The Tempest By William Shakespeare

- Many pieces of literature involve a theme that includes a powerful figure and a group of people that are subject to that power. Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” and “The Tempest” written by William Shakespeare are no different. These two works have the same theme, but with two different purposes in mind. The techniques compared and contrasted in these two works are character and plot, motifs, and symbols. Aldous Huxley begins “Brave New World” in the year 632 A.F. which is approximately the twenty-sixth century....   [tags: Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, The World State]

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The Tempest by William Shakespeare and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

- Between both William Shakespeare’s 1610 play, “The Tempest” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1892 short novel “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the portrayal of love is a present theme in both genre’s that through the distinctive forms, is expressed in differing ways. Between the relationship of Miranda and Ferdinand in “The Tempest” and the narrator and husband John in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” love is presented uniquely and exposes the creative development of literature within differing genres throughout history....   [tags: antithesis, literary form]

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A Character Comparison of Macbeth and Prospero from Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Tempest

- These two Shakespearean characters, Macbeth and Prospero, from Macbeth and The Tempest can greatly compare to one another. From the very beginning, these two men are hard to understand and seem like your average warrior and ruler. Both of these characters are dealing with struggle of power; however, they both deal with this issue in different, interesting ways with different results. At the end of these two plays, we meet two entirely different characters than the ones that we were introduced to from the beginning....   [tags: power, knowledge, murder]

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Julie Taymore´s Film Interpretation of The Tempest by William Shakespeare

- ... But looking at Shakespeare work females did play both supporting and central characters. Is this answer the question that Shakespeare might have considered the idea that Julie Taymore used for her interpre-tation of “The Tempest” I think that the switch of roles from the original play in the mov-ie makes a big difference in my view. Reading the original piece I get the imagination of every character other then Miranda and Aerial being a self-center manipulative mescaline male egger for power or control of another....   [tags: Sexism, Gender, Power]

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A Compare and Contrast Between Characters From Shakespeare’s Macbeth & The Tempest

- If you have read through Shakespeare’s plays, you’ll come to realize that many of the characters have similar traits or situations. Although some can be compared to one another, they are also very different in their own ways. The play Macbeth is about a man whose attempts to seize power ruin his life. Tempest is about a man who uses magic to reconcile with his brother of past disagreements. The main characters Macbeth from Macbeth and Prospero from Tempest are similar because both want power, but different in the ways that they gain authority, and the initial sources of control....   [tags: power, murder, magic]

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Shakespeare’s play The Tempest and Michael Cervantes Saavedra’s Don Quixote

- How important is an individual that most often than not authors focus on the growth of one over the growth of the many. Is it because the growth of one symbolizes the growth of all. Or is the focus on the individual due to the image it presents which is the growth in us. In any event, this outlook of individualism is widespread in literature and different genres and techniques excavate the development of the individual. Another factor that comes into play in the development of the character is the situation and the effects of the environment....   [tags: Don Quixote ]

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Caliban in William Shakespeare´s The Tempest: The Victim Undercover as a Villain

- ... Miranda tells him that he isn't capable of being trained to be good, but he is capable of anything evil. Caliban might have been Miranda's victim, but he was also a villain towards her. He mistreated her by attempting to rape her. "… In mine own cell till thou didst seek to violate/ The honor of my child"(1.2.417-18). Obviously Miranda has not forgiven him, for she is disgusted by this dramatic event. Caliban has a strong love for the island. Unfortunately, Prospero has stolen the island from him....   [tags: victim, pitied, villian, relationship, island]

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Compare and contrast Ben Jonson’s ‘The Alchemist’ and Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

- The study will encompass the compare and contrast of two great writers’ literary works. It will take comprehensive discussion on “Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist” and “William Shakespeare’s The Tempest”. Jonson and Shakespeare were contemporaries with more immediately recognizable common ground between them than difference. They shared the same profession and brought forth their works from the matrix of common intellectual property. They appealed to the same audience and both gained popularity and esteem as accomplished playwrights....   [tags: English Literature, Famous Playwrights]

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William Shakespeare 's The Tempest, The Winter 's Tale, And Pericles

- The English Renaissance was a time period in which many great plays, sonnets, and writers became famous. William Shakespeare was the most famous writer to come out of this time period, and is regarded as one of the best English writers of all time. Known for his creative use of words, he wrote thirty-seven plays and one hundred fifty-four sonnets. He even invented new words when there were no words in the English language that truly expressed what he wanted. Influences such as Shakespeare 's culture and family, affected his writing, giving it unique traits that are commonly found in his writing....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet]

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The Tempest Is A Play About The Power And Dangers Of Creativity

- The Tempest is a play about the power and dangers of creativity. Discuss. "From beginning to end the play-write gives prominence to the problems of dominion, freedom, political failure and of repetition." Like Russ Mc Donald I also believe that Shakespeare devoted his last comedy largely to the exploration of the shapes and effects that possession and the search for power can have on persons. The Tempest's central character, Prospero, is also crucial to this interpretation. His unique magical gifts give him undefeatable power to wreak vengeance on his enemies....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Adaptation of The Tempest by William Shakespeare to the Film "Prosperos Books"

- The Adaptation of The Tempest by William Shakespeare to the Film "Prosperos Books" When adapting a play for the screen, a director’s primary responsibility is to visualize an enactment that remains true to the original work’s perception. In addition to this task, the director must also build upon the foundations laid by the script; without this goal, (s)he would have no reason to have undertaken the project in the first place. Providing an innovative reading of a well-known play is undoubtedly a challenging task, but few directors have met the challenge so successfully as Peter Greenaway in Prospero’s Books, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s play The Tempest....   [tags: Papers]

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The Tempest, a Brave New World; or just a sad goodbye?

- Through the years there has been much debate as to whether Shakespeare’s The Tempest is an Allegory to European colonization and colonial life, or if it is his “farewell to the stage” with a complete overview of the stage and a compilation of all of his characters into a few, in which the playwright himself being presented as Prospero. Is The Tempest an allegory to European colonization, or is it Shakespeare, presenting his formal farewell to the stage. Many believe that Shakespeare, personified his character into Prospero, because Prospero ultimately created the entire plot of the play with his magic, which he obtained shortly after being marooned on the island....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Description of Great Characters from Great Plays

- William Shakespeare is considered one of the greatest play writers of all time. He had extraordinary talent and is widely known for his plays. The ironic part though, was the fact that Shakespeare only went to grammar school, he didn’t have any further education and never went to a private school. Yet, with great plays, there are always great characters within these plays. First off, in Macbeth, a play about an ambitious man named Macbeth who is told by a witch that he will be king someday, so he kills the current king, Duncan, and takes the throne, however he gets paranoid that his throne will be taken away from him so he starts having other people killed and he himself gets killed in the e...   [tags: macbeth, shakespeare, the tempest]

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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]

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Analysis of Shakespeare's The Tempest - Effective Use of the Cliffhanger

- The Tempest: Effective Use of the Cliffhanger The first scene of The Tempest is unlike most of the openings in Shakespeare's plays, in that includes quite a bit of action. Instead of properly introducing some of the main characters, or setting up an important plot strand, this opening scene appears to be only an attention-grabbing device. This statement can be made quite justifiably, due to the fact that all the events of Act 1 Scene 1 are recounted in the following scene, in the conversations between Miranda, Prospero and Ariel....   [tags: free essay writer]

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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]

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Women in Elizabethan England and Shakespeare's Miranda in The Tempest

- Women in Elizabethan England and Shakespeare's Miranda in The Tempest Treatment of women has evolved much since Elizabethan England. As a preface to the dissection of The Tempest – in particular, the character of Miranda, Shakespeare’s role for women as a whole must be addressed. According to Carolyn Ruth Swift Lenz’s introduction of Woman’s Part, “patriarchal order takes different forms and is portrayed with varying degrees of emphasis throughout the Shakespearean canon” (5). In the midst of this patriarchy, where do women stand....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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The And Adventure Of A Brave New World

- In Journal of the First Voyage to America, Christopher Columbus described his first journey to the New World: "Everything looked as green as in April in Andalusia. The melody of the birds was so exquisite that one was never willing to part from the sound, and the flocks of parrots obscured the heavens... A thousand different sorts of trees, with their fruit were to be met with, and of a wonderfully delicious odor." Europeans were intrigued by descriptions like these, detailing a land completely unlike anything they had ever heard of or seen before....   [tags: The Tempest, William Shakespeare]

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Port of Ostia During a Tempest by Leonardo Carlo Coccorante

- As I stood staring at the beautifully detailed oil-on-canvas painting, my mind began racing, conjuring up random stories behind all the people, the place, and the weather in this painting. This painting, titled Port of Ostia During a Tempest by Leonardo Carlo Coccorante, is nothing more than just a story portrayed on a canvas and its words, the oils, are scattered all over it, depicting a story about a populous port going through some horrible weather and the people experiencing it first-hand. The interactions between the people are perfectly portrayed and from each one a different story can be contrived—each sharing the subject of the brutal weather....   [tags: Art Artwork Painting]

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