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Portrayal of Utopia in The Tempest by William Shakespeare

- Utopia in The Tempest In The Tempest, Shakespeare allows the audience to appreciate the possibilities of utopian society, the good, and bad, so that they can understand the problems that the pursuit of a utopian environment may cause. The Tempest is a window into the dimensions of utopian societies. Shakespeare's play portrays the good and the evil sides of the perfect life. While his characters take on the role of the leaders of the utopian societies, Shakespeare portrays the social questions and beliefs of society of how a utopian environment should be....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Romance and Anti-Romance in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Romance and Anti-Romance in The Tempest       The specific genre classification that one may give to a piece such as The Tempest is often thought to be highly confusing. This is because so many of the qualities of a romance and a realism can be applied to it's words and actions, but at the same time pull away from the very sense of the genre that it is trying to achieve. A romance has many specific qualities, most of which rely on the fancy and imagination of the viewer or the reader. In some circles, it is even known as escapist....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Sound in The Tempest and the New Orthodox View

- Sound in The Tempest and the New Orthodox View          Critics have offered varying evaluations of the characters in William Shakespeare's The Tempest. Some consider Prospero to be magnanimous for forgiving his enemies, for freeing Ariel from the confines of a tree, and for treating Caliban with great sympathy until the monster's attempted rape of Miranda. Others view Prospero as an oppressive colonizer and consider both Caliban and Ariel to be his innocent and mistreated subjects. In his article "Reading The Tempest," Russ McDonald argues that the new orthodox interpretation of The Tempest, "which exalts the colonized, is as narrow as the old, which idealizes and excuses the colonizer"...   [tags: Tempest essays]

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The Court as a Framework for Civilized Society in The Tempest

- The Court as a Framework for Civilized Society in The Tempest       In The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, the court is portrayed not as a place or as a group of people, but as a structure binding society together. Emphasis is placed on the court as structure by the use of the two metaphors of shape, the sphere and the circle, which combine to give the impression of the court not only as a structure with a clearly defined shape, but also as a system of hierarchical control. The first of these shape metaphors uses the neoplatonic concept of spheres, with the sovereign becoming the One Infinite Being of neoplatonic belief whose divine qualities radiate outwards in concentric circles of d...   [tags: Tempest essays]

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An Analysis of the First Two Acts of The Tempest

-     The first two acts of The Tempest share a couple of inconsequential similarities and have some very contrasting differences. The similarities are, on the whole, superficial: Both acts consist of just two scenes and both acts are of a similar length. However, the similarities end there.             The lengths of the scenes in each act differ somewhat: Act 1 has one extremely short scene and one very lengthy scene; Act 2 is composed of two scenes of similar length. Also, the tone of each act is very different, with Act 1 being serious and composed, whilst Act 2 is more comic, often descending into pure farce....   [tags: The Tempest Essays]

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Shakespeare's The Tempest - Is Prospero Good or Evil?

- Tempest:  Is Prospero Good or Evil?     To be able to answer this question we must first understand why Prospero can be seen as good or evil. It is fair to say that Prospero is a main protagonist to the plot of Shakespeare’s Tempest. It is due to Prospero's role as a key figure in the play that has put him under so much scrutiny. Many different Shakespearean critics have their own view of Prospero and those that read or see the play also have their own opinion of the way in which Prospero may be seen....   [tags: Shakespeare Tempest]

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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]

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Essay on Dramatic Effects in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- The Importance of Dramatic Effects in The Tempest      It has been said that the function of drama is to confront and then engage the audience.  This is certainly the approach taken by Shakespeare in his play, The Tempest.  When the play begins, the audience is immediately confronted by the sheer ferocity of the tempest, and from the time that the unfortunate passengers land on the island, the audience is engaged by the fantasy of the island of Prospero.   At the start of the play, we see the action on board the ship which is ferrying the King and some members of the upper class back home....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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The Opening and Closing scenes in Shakespeare's Tempest

- The Opening and Closing scenes in Shakespeare's Tempest       The opening and closing scenes in William Shakespeare's The Tempest are crucial to the significance of the play as a whole. Through the deconstruction of the court system in the tumultuous opening scene, and its eventual superior reconstruction in the closing scene, Shakespeare is able to better develop and display inherent character traits in the major roles.     Shakespeare immediately throws the audience into a court that is not unified and strictly divided by political strife, as were the courts of his day....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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tempmagic Prospero's Magic in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Prospero's Magic in The Tempest        In Shakespeare's The Tempest, Prospero's magic is the means that Prospero teaches his lessons to the plays various characters. Whether or not those lessons were learned or not is irrelevant. The main issue is that Prospero's character is indeed a complex one, and one that deserves much attention. Two essays that look at the complexity of Prospero and his magic are Stephen Miko's "Tempest," and Barbara Mowat's "Prospero, Agrippa, and Hocus Pocus." Both of these essays, in dealing with Prospero and his magic reveal things about Prospero that only enhance the mystery of his character....   [tags: The Tempest 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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A Discussion of Art and Nature in Shakespeare's The Tempest

-       In The Tempest, Art is that which is composed of grace, civility and virtue. It is represented by Prospero, the other members of the nobility who belong to the court party and their servants. The world of the court is synonymous with the world of Art in the play. In contrast, Nature is bestial, brutish and evil; and manifest in the form of Caliban and the natural world. With two such extremes brought together, debate between the two is inevitable.             There are two opposing views of the natural....   [tags: The Tempest Essays]

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Prospero’s Loss in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Prospero’s Loss in The Tempest     Shakespeare’s The Tempest is a play about loss - more specifically, Prospero’s loss. Prospero is a tragic hero, in a sense, because he makes the transition from having everything to having nothing. He loses his daughter. He brings his enemies under his power only to eventually lose control and release them. In the end, he gives up his influence on the world – including his incredible power over nature itself. The Tempest can be seen as a tragic play because of a few elements – Prospero is a dominant figure who must have revenge in return for the wrongs inflicted upon him, and, in his fury, he manages to destroy his enemies as well as his own humanity and...   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Free Tempest Essays: Treacheries and Rebellions

- Treacheries and Rebellions is The Tempest The Tempest consists of “a series of rebellion, treacheries, mutinies and conspiracies against authority” but the overall view of the dramatic action is much more complex. Many other aspects and themes such as illusion and the supernatural (magic) also play a very important part in shaping the plot. Power struggle is evident from the beginning, way back when Prospero’s brother, Antonio, seized his status as Duke of Milan and banished him to a barren place and left for dead....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Interruption and Distraction in The Tempest

- Interruption and Distraction in The Tempest In Shakespeare's play The Tempest, there are numerous interruptions that hinder the outcomes of the play. Simultaneously, through magic and song, the wedding masque is a subtle distraction that could have altered the result of the play. In The Tempest, interruption equals distraction, in turn causing restraints. This promotes confusion, disturbance, mental intrusion, and diversion amongst the characters in the play. We are introduced to Ariel (Prospero's invisible servant)....   [tags: Shakespeare Tempest Essays]

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Analysis of Shakespeare's The Tempest - The True Villain

- The True Villain of The Tempest On June 2, 1609, five hundred colonists set out in nine ships from Plymouth in association with the imperial Virginia Company. It was the aim of this expedition to fortify John Smith's colony in Virginia. While eight of the party's vessels securely arrived at Jamestown, the flagship, called the “Sea Adventure” , was conspicuously absent. This ship --which carried the fleet's most valuable cargo, the admiral Sir John Somers and the future governor of Virginia Sir George Somers --was separated from the other eight during a fierce storm off the coast of Bermuda, the legendary Isle of Devils, dreaded by superstitious sixteenth-century sailors....   [tags: Shakespeare The Tempest]

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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]

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Dual Personas Revealed in The Epilogue of "The Tempest" and The Custom House of "The Scarlet Letter"

- It’s 6:30 a.m. and the alarm clock begins to ring. I get up and get ready for school. I arrive at school and see that everyone is happy and talkative. I feel normal, not really willing to talk or even smile. I feel very different from others. I hardly talk and I just don’t feel like myself at school. Once the bell rings to go home, I burst out the doors and out to be myself again. I’m two completely different people. At school, I’m just a regular serious kid. When I get home, that’s where the party begins and when I am able to become myself again....   [tags: The Tempest, Scarlet Letter]

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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]

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Prospero’s Magic in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Prospero’s Magic in Shakespeare's The Tempest In order to understand the full effect the character of Prospero, in Shakespeare's The Tempest, would have had on the audience, it is important to understand how magic was regarded during the time. During the Tudor and early Stuart periods, interest in magic ran high, and attitudes toward magic were varied and complex. For instance, magic was to be avoided by God-fearing men, but "God permitted magic partly to demonstrate, by its overthrow, his own miraculous powers, and partly as one of the pitfalls that appeared in the world as a result of original sin" (Traister 3)....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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The Character of Caliban in Shakespeare's Tempest

- Caliban is one of the primary antagonists in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest. 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. Caliban is a great example of a character being much more than one dimensional, almost to the point of being nearly a real person....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare's Tempest]

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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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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 accoun...   [tags: Tempest Shakespeare Colonialism]

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Mothers in William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Mothers in William Shakespeare's The Tempest Although Miranda’s mother and Sycorax never actually appear in The Tempest, their memories occupy a precarious position in Prospero’s will to power. Prospero invokes the memory of Miranda’s mother to legitimize his lineage, yet feels threatened by the control she exerts over it. His narration deftly erases his wife’s presence from Miranda’s memory, rendering him the sole purveyor of his daughter’s imagination. Prospero employs a discourse which affirms maternal authority through the denial of female sexuality....   [tags: William shakespeare Tempest Essays]

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The Tempest the Play by William Shakespeare

- The Tempest the Play by William Shakespeare Ruler’s in general face many problems, as is the nature of having power and authority. However rulers like Prospero face even more difficulties, as Prospero has the ultimate power of magic and can control and manipulate people and their actions, more so than a natural ruler. The first difficulty presented is an issue, which is dealt with throughout the play: the idea of how much or how little to intervene. From the beginning of the play we are told of how and why Prospero is usurped from his dukedom, “I thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicated/ To closeness, and the bettering of my mind/ With that which, but by being so retired, O’er-prized all...   [tags: Tempest William Shakespeare Essays]

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Comparison of The Tempest and Translations

- Comparison of The Tempest and Translations ‘The Tempest’ begins with a enormous storm and signifies a great change for the people of the island, but we do not learn until later on in the play that it is Prospero who has caused the storm so that the characters on the ship will be brought to the island. The opening scene is very dramatic and shows the inner turmoil and change that will occur for the characters involved, whereas it is also quite confusing for the audience as we are not aware of what significance the storm has, and what has caused it until later....   [tags: The Tempest Translations Language Essays]

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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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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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Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge

- Terry Tempest Williams' Refuge In Refuge, Terry Tempest Williams weaves together her experiences and relationships with family and nature, two major themes of Refuge, as well as two apparently important aspect of Williams’ life. The book is the story of the destruction of her family and the nature surrounding her, but it is these places that are being destroyed are the same places where Terry Tempest Williams finds comfort before, during and after cancer started to consume her life. I believe on the surface it is nature and family that provides her with comfort, but in actuality, it is something beneath the surface....   [tags: Refuge Terry Tempest Essays]

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Essay on Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- The Greatness of Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest        No man is an island. It takes a strong, mature man to forgive those who hand him misfortune. It takes a real man to drop to his knees and repent. The character of Prospero in Shakespeare's Tempest is a man who has suffered much. Prospero is a puppet master throughout the play, but releases everything to save himself from his own self. The enemies in the play are not those whom he shipwrecked, they are of little consequence, and he plays them easily....   [tags: Tempest essays William Shakespeare Papers]

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Trinculo in The Tempest by William Shakespeare

- Trinculo in The Tempest by William Shakespeare In William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Trinculo is a minor comic character whose main ambition is to align himself with whomever is the perceived leader in any situation he finds himself in. He is an intrinsically sociable person, and he gains whatever social rank he can through positioning himself in accordance with those around him, but never seeks to be the leader. In this way, he is the perfect jester, always seeking to stand by the king's side....   [tags: Tempest William Shakespeare Trinculo Essays]

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William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- William Shakespeare's The Tempest Love, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is a “strong affection”, a “warm attraction”, an “unselfish loyal and benevolent concern” for another. It is “to feel a passion, devotion, or tenderness” for another. Love is simple and yet so utterly complex. Love is that which has the power to build you up and when taken away has the potential to knock you down. The Tempest by William Shakespeare is a political play with a love story woven throughout it. This tale of passion is one that is presented through Prospero’s daughter Miranda and Alonso’s son Ferdinand....   [tags: William Shakespeare Tempest Essays]

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tempnature Duality Between Nature and Society in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Duality Between Nature and Society in The Tempest                  One of the essential themes of The Tempest is the duality between nature and society.  This is made evident through the character of Caliban: the disfigured fish-like creature that inhabits the island upon which the play takes place.  Caliban lacks civility because he was born on the island deprived of any social or spiritual morality other than nature and instinct.  He is literally man untamed.  Caliban is not monstrous simply for the sake of being frightening; his ghastly appearance is intended to literally depict the essential differences between civilization and natural instinct....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Opposition between Art and Reality in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Opposition between Art and Reality in The Tempest       The Tempest is a self-reflexive play that explores the boundaries of art and reality. Shakespeare's island is a realm controlled by the artist figure; where the fabulous, the ideal and the imaginative are presented as both illusory and palpable, and where the audience is held in an indeterminate state, a "strange repose". The juxtaposition of the world of art with political and social realities explored by representative characters is the central contrast of the play, and is foregrounded by the use of non-verbal techniques....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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The Characters' Metamorphoses In Shakespeare’s Tempest-Universe

- The Characters' Metamorphoses In Shakespeare’s Tempest-Universe In the play The Tempest, Shakespeare provides a unique and alternate universe for his characters to function in on the magical island. In this universe there are both native characters: Prospero, Miranda, Ariel, and Caliban, who have lived on the island previously, and external world characters, namely: Alonso, Ferdinand, Antonio, Sebastian, Stephano, Trinculo, and Gonzalo, who have been forced upon the island. While the different characters' histories cross paths in the past, the clear and present division between the two groups' immediate situation represents the division in their differing kind of spiritual jour...   [tags: The Tempest Essays]

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The Christ–like Prospero of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

- The Christ–like Prospero of Shakespeare’s The Tempest It is not only the goodness of man which, according to traditional Christian concepts ,is not germane to himself. His very being, and his ultimate destiny stems alike from a principle that is infinitely beyond him (Morris 143). What was Prospero attempting to accomplish through the creation of the storm. Why would he go to that length of natural disaster, if the events would only end in an unharmed manner. Prospero. But are they, Ariel, safe....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Lost Illusions, Bitter Wisdom and Fragile Hope in The Tempest

- Lost Illusions, Bitter Wisdom and Fragile Hope in The Tempest    Is Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, a drama of lost illusions, bitter wisdom and fragile hope. Before this question can be considered, one first has to interpret these terms. Perhaps "bitter wisdom" and "fragile hope" are fairly simple concepts to understand, "lost illusions" is somewhat less clear, particularly in the case of The Tempest.   There are three main interpretations of "lost illusions" that could be made. The first is that of a revelation of the mind; the discarding of an 'illusion' to reveal the truth of one's feelings....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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tempnature Art vs. Nature in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Art vs. Nature in The Tempest    The debate between Art and Nature in The Tempest is very much based on the Renaissance debate, on whether “civilized man” or the "natural man" was superior. The advocates of  “civilized man” presenting the "natural man" as being savage, intemperate and brutal in contrast to the nobility, self-control and high-mindedness of the  “civilized man”. The advocates of "natural man" presenting him as what Rousseau was later to term the "noble savage" and the civilized man as being corrupt, affected, merely more adept at cloaking his vices, which were at best more refined, but nevertheless hardly a reason for pretensions to moral high ground....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Post Colonial Interpretations of Shakespeare’s The Tempest

- Post Colonial Interpretations of Shakespeare’s The Tempest “…do we really expect, amidst this ruin and undoing of our life, that any is yet left a free and uncorrupted judge of great things and things which reads to eternity; and that we are not downright bribed by our desire to better ourselves?” – Longinus Since the seventeenth century many interpretations and criticisms of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest have been recorded. Yet, since the play is widely symbolical and allegorical Shakespeare’s actual intentions behind the creation of the play can never be revealed....   [tags: Shakespeare Tempest]

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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 a...   [tags: Tempest essays]

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The Clan of One-Breasted Women by Terry Tempest Williams

- The Clan of One-Breasted Women by Terry Tempest Williams In our current society it is established that faith is equated with a type of blind acceptance of all that the church or institution stands for. Having faith is still viewed as a wholesome characteristic, though it is more and more becoming correlated with negative connotation that is commonly attached to a thoughtless, dogmatic approach – an absolute obedience of all tenets regardless of conscious thoughts and appeals. In a similar regard, patriotism has become an exemplar of modern faith because it calls for unchallenged compliance with both the laws of the government and their unjustified actions, especially during times of war....   [tags: Tempest Williams ]

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Prospero’s Abuse of Power in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Prospero’s Abuse of Power in The Tempest       In William Shakespeare's The Tempest, Prospero lives with his daughter Miranda on a deserted island.  On the surface, he appears to be a benevolent leader doing his best to protect and care for the inhabitants of the island, especially for Miranda.  On closer inspection, however, Prospero plays God, controlling and creating each individual to fit the mold he desires.  He takes advantage of his authority over the people and situations he encounters while wearing a facade of integrity and compassion to disguise his wily intentions and to retain love and respect....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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The Misunderstood Message of Aime Cesaire's A Tempest

- The Misunderstood Message of Aime Cesaire's A Tempest         A Tempest, by Aime Cesaire, has been the center of controversy for over twenty years now.  The argument is not concerning whether the play has substance, or whether its themes are too racy; the criticism is about its parallel to another work.  The work in question is that of The Tempest by William Shakespeare.  Cesaire has been bluntly accused of mirroring, misrepresenting, and misinterpreting Shakespeare's last play.  I challenge these critics to research Cesaire and his works, rather than pick apart this most insightful play.  It is pertinent to understand a few key ideas when examining A Tempest because Cesaire was not attem...   [tags: Tempest essays Cesaire ]

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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 Powerful use of Characterization in The Tempest

- Shakespeare’s Powerful use of Characterization in The Tempest In The Tempest, Shakespeare investigates the process of creativity as well as the idea that knowledge is equivalent to power. The Bard draws on both Christian and Aristotelian philosophy to support the premise that morality and creativity are made possible only through the acquisition of knowledge. The characters of Prospero, Ariel, Caliban, and Miranda each represent a different factor in the creative process: knowledge, creativity, medium, and final product, art....   [tags: The Tempest Essays]

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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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Prospero and Ariel in The Tempest by William Shakespeare

- Prospero and Ariel in The Tempest by William Shakespeare Throughout the years since The Tempest was first published in the 1623 Folio, there has been much debate among Shakespeare’s contemporaries and critics as to the significance of the figure of Prospero and other major characters featured in the work. In this paper, I want to examine the figure of Prospero and his relationship with the character Ariel. In doing this, I want to show how Prospero is a figure for the artist, how Ariel is a figure for the poetic imagination, and how the relationship between Prospero and Ariel explores the relationship between the artist and his or her poetic imagination....   [tags: Tempest William Shakespeare Essays]

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Free Essays - The role of Antonio in Shakespeare's Tempest

- The role of Antonio in Shakespeare's Tempest [Note: In this written work Antonio thinks of himself as an innocent person and believes that the world is doing wrong to him .He also believes that his rights have been snatched from him and no one in this world is more miserable and sympathy deserving than him.] Life is so miserable. Here I sit in a corner of this darkened room all alone thinking about my past and trying to figure out what to do with my futile life .The night is dark and long just like the rest of my life....   [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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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]

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The Role of Language in Shakespeare's Play The Tempest

- The Role of Language in Shakespeare's Play The Tempest 1 The role of language in Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” is quite significant. To Miranda and Prospero the use of language is a means to knowing oneself. Caliban does not view language in the same light. Prospero taught Caliban to speak, but instead of creating the feeling of empowerment from language, Caliban reacts in insurrectionary manner. Language reminds him how different he is from Miranda and Prospero, and also how they have changed him....   [tags: The Tempest William Shakespeare Essays]

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Shakespeare’s Use of Ovid's Metamorphoses and Virgil's Aeneid as Basis for The Tempest

- Shakespeare’s Use of Ovid's Metamorphoses and Virgil's Aeneid as Basis for The Tempest William Shakespeare, as did most writers of his time, took the basis for the stories he wrote from other texts. He would use source poems or mythology in order to write his own works. Romeo and Juliet, for example, can be compared to the tragedy of Pyramus and Thisby. Plays such as Richard III and Julius Caesar are artistic accounts of historic events. The Tempest, however, is commonly perceived as an original story....   [tags: The Tempest Essays]

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Connecting The Tempest, Of Cannibals, Eating Gifted Children, and Modest Proposal

- Connection Between The Tempest, Of Cannibals, Eating Gifted Children, and Modest Proposal There are several, in-depth connections presented in The Tempest by William Shakespeare, "Of Cannibals" by Michel de Montaigne, "How to Raise Your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children" by Lewis Frumkes, and "A Modest Proposal" by Jonathan Swift. While all these stories feature civilization and the uncivilized coming into contact with one another, perhaps for the first time, they also feature a deeper connection....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Human Relationships Between The Central Characters in William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Human Relationships Between The Central Characters in William Shakespeare's The Tempest In this essay I intend to explore the ways that William Shakespeare has presented the relationships between the main characters within his play “The Tempest”. I shall investigate Ferdinand and Miranda’s relationship, the father/daughter bond between Miranda and Prospero and Caliban’s lust after Miranda. Shakespeare was intending to represent several different groups of people in society through his plays and “The Tempest” was no exception to the rule....   [tags: Tempest Shakespeare]

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Black Magic vs. White Magic in Shakespeare’s The Tempest

- Black Magic vs. White Magic in Shakespeare’s The Tempest “A man who governs his passions is “truly wise”…. The heavens have not seen nor has the earth borne a more glorious person than the man who always obeys reason. Not all the crowns of the world can adorn his head fittingly; only eternity can recompense one of such high virtue. To have a quiet soul is the only pleasure of the world” (Anderson 173-4). Where is the line drawn between good and bad magic. Who decides which form of magic is evil and which is not....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Exploring Shakespeare's Presentation of the Theme of Power in The Tempest

- Exploring Shakespeare's Presentation of the Theme of Power in The Tempest In 'The Tempest', power manifests itself in many different forms. Three of the main types of power that Shakespeare explores are the power of love, the power of magic and illusion and the power of a master over his slave. He presents these forms of power in a number of ways. In 'The Tempest' Prospero appears to hold the majority of the power. He maintains his control over other characters in various ways, for example he uses the power of love to influence his daughter Miranda....   [tags: Papers Shakespeare Tempest Essays]

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Slavery and Freedom in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest

- Slavery and Freedom in William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” The subtly comedic interactions and juxtapositions between masters and slaves in William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” generate a question which has been the source of much controversy throughout history: are the hierarchical classifications “slave” and “free” reflections of a person’s fundamental nature, or are they social constructions based on bias and self-interest which have nothing to do with absolute truth. This question is crucial because the way that we answer it has the potential to either justify or condemn the widespread practice of enslaving certain individuals....   [tags: Masters Slaves Tempest]

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Exploring the Themes of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in The Tempest by William Shakespeare

- Exploring the Themes of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in The Tempest by William Shakespeare Prospero is a character that seems to stand at the very centre of The Tempest. Throughout the play, he prompts most of the action, and he has the last word. The entire plot of the play is a scheme designed by Prospero to bring his rivals to a state of regret so that he can pardon them and restore the rightful order of things to his dukedom of Milan. As Prospero is seen as being all-powerful over the island, he could easily destroy or punish his enemies by any method or means....   [tags: Tempest William Shakespeare Essays]

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The Tempest

- The similarities and differences between Aime' Cesaire's ATempest and William Shakespeare's The Tempest gives the reader an idea that it is a political response. From the way that both of the titles of these works of literature differ, an idea of concept is offered. They share a similar story line yet, after some one has read A Tempest : a different perspective is gained. A Tempest is actually considered a post colonial period piece of writing and one can acquire and prove this by the forms in which Aime' Cesaire portrays the characters and switches around their personalities and their traits,the time periods and the acquisition of language, and the ways power is used reveals that it is...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Shakespeare, Classics]

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The Tempest

- People often go looking for a copy of The Tempest, by William Shakespeare; they often have trouble finding it because everyone classifies it differently. Some people feel it is a play based on history and politics. Some feel that it is a romance because of the relationship between Ferdinand and Miranda. Others consider it a masque because of Act IV Scene i. Some consider it a tragedy because of how the play opens and turns out even though it turns out that no one dies in the end. There are those who consider it a comedy because of how some of the scenes turn out to make fun of the characters and how Ariel and Prospero are playing games with everyone’s mind....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature ]

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The Tempest

- Everyone has lost something. One of my earliest memories is a car ride through the desert of Arizona. We had just stopped at a gas station, and after we had gotten back on the road I realized that I had left behind a small toy I had gotten at McDonald's earlier that day. Even at seven years old I knew that I would forget about the toy in a day or two, but for some reason I could not help but ardently entreat my parents to return for it. It was only after I had lost the toy that I realized how much I wanted it....   [tags: Shakespeare]

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Terry Tempest Williams

- Terry Tempest Williams Born to a Mormon family and raised in Utah, Terry Tempest Williams’ being is rooted in her religion and the wild of the desert. These two elements compound to shape her identity, although their co-existence does not always reside in harmony. In 1983, the Great Salt Lake began to swallow Williams’ beloved bird sanctuary. Simultaneously, her mother learns that she has cancer. This juncture in time signals a major turning point in the course of her life. While, unable to stop the steady rise in the lake, Williams is unable to keep her mother on this Earth....   [tags: Author Authors Terry Tempest Williams Papers]

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Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams

- Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place by Terry Tempest Williams Refuge; An Unnatural History of Family and Place, by Terry Tempest Williams, is a thought-provoking, sentimental book that explores both the unnatural and the natural events that take place in her life. The deception and lies of the reports presented by the United States government, which lead to the fall out of atomic bomb testing in Utah in the 1950's and the rise of the Great Salt Lake and its effect on bird’s serve as the backdrop of this book....   [tags: Terry Tempest Williams Unnatural Essays]

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Porspero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Shakespeare does not present us the perfect ruler immediately. Instead, he develops Prospero from a basically good, but flawed man, to one who, although retaining some vanity and therefore is not perfect, will certainly act in a manner befitting an ideal leader. Prospero's character is portrayed as entirely good throughout the play, using his magic only to achieve positive ends such as education. He is one with his environment as he has developed superior intellectual powers, now realizing that he marked himself to be ousted by his distance from everyday affairs....   [tags: Tempest Shakespeare]

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Criticism on The Tempest

- INTRODUCTION The Tempest is generally it is a romance and frequently interpreted as Shakespeare dramatic art. It counted one of Shakespeare's most original plays. critical argument on ‘The Tempest’ has centered for centuries. It is he who embodies the debate over colonialism, over the clash of cultures, and over the humanity of the play’s heroes: Prospero, Miranda, Ferdinand and others. No source for the central plot has been definitively identified. The Tempest is set in an unidentified age on an unnamed island, which some critics have suggested evokes themes of European colonialism in the New World....   [tags: Shakespeare, Literary Analysis]

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The Tempest by Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, is a magnificent piece of literature that explores various aspects of nature and man, illusion versus real, and deception. The Tempest was written between the years 1610 and 1611. Many believe Shakespeare based the majority of this play from the colonization that was taking place in the Americas during this time, and Montaigne’s essay Of the Cannibals. Shakespeare was able to incorporate and write, a poetic magical play showing what was going on during this time, and also how the human existence was changing due to new discoveries of other humans....   [tags: Colonization of Ariel and Caliban, Analysis]

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Sycorax in The Tempest

- In Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the background characters hold great importance in the overall plot of the play. Characters such Sycorax establishes the setting of the play, providing the readers with background knowledge leading up to the play. Sycorax, in many ways, serves as a mirror image to Prospero. However, as Frey and Skura suggests in their literatures, The Tempest reflects much about the events happening in the real world (Frey, Skura). The life of Sycorax is a representation of what’s happening in the Old World as well as the New World....   [tags: shakespeare]

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The Tempest and Antigone

- In William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and in Sophocles’ Antigone, both authors explore and illustrate the differences between “human law” and “higher law”. The two authors have different opinions about those laws. In The Tempest, Prospero uses his magic to manipulate various characters, and he often uses his magic to follow the plot of the story by his own way. Prospero uses his magic for total control over the people on the island where he lives. In Antigone, Creon, the King of Thebes, uses his title to manipulate others that kills Haemon and Antigone....   [tags: Comparative, Shakespeare, Sophocles]

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The Tempest

- The Tempest was one of William Shakespeare’s last plays. Into it, he put his heart and his soul. The epilogue in itself carries enough emotional weight to fill an entire play. The scene where Ariel says that she would feel bad for the men trapped on the island if she were human (V. i. 20), if performed right, can be one of the most moving lines in the history of theater. The emotions in the play make the play extremely hard to perform. It is one of the most difficult stage plays for the audience as well as the cast to interpret, but isn’t impossible with a good director, cast, and crew....   [tags: essays research papers]

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What is TEMPEST?

- According to Whitman and Mattord, TEMPEST is a program developed by the US government to reduce the risk of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) monitoring. (Whitman & Mattord, 2009) Some believe that TEMPEST was actually a code word created by the US government in the 1960’s but was later defined as Transient Electromagnetic Pulse Emanation Surveillance Technology or Telecommunications Electronic Material Protected from Emanating Spurious Transmissions. (Whitman & Mattord, 2009) In general, TEMPEST involves the following types of procedures: ensuring that computers are placed far as possible from outside perimeters, installing special shielding inside the CPU, and implementing a whole host of ot...   [tags: U.S. Government ]

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the tempest

- Through the use of his magic, Prospero seeks to surpass worldly values and create a utopia, or ideal society. This becomes evident in how Shakespeare portrays the innocence of Ferdinand and Miranda. He insists that Ferdinand not “Break her virgin knot before All sanctimonious ceremonies may.”(Act 4, Scene 1) Prospero’s seeking to create an ideal society also becomes evident in his attempts at making his usurping brother and his court to repent. Thus, he is trying to make right of what has gone wrong in the world....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Tempest

- The Tempest Act 1 scene 1(the storm): The opening scene of the Tempest I think is brilliant. There is an instant unsuspecting panic, which quickly gains ones attention. Usually in a play there is a build up to a dramatic moment but The Tempest opens with this and the dramatic moment is when there is the inevitability of death. One can see the last instant panic and hear the words of lost hope, and people preparing for the final moment, "give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it so hap....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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The Tempest

- Gonzalo states: "We are people of our own minds and no one else's," by this Gonzalo is telling everyone that no one can control what someone sees or does. This is true unless one is using magic to alter the minds and reality of anyone under the influence of magic. In the Tempest, by William Shakespeare, Prospero uses magic to alter the reality and delude the minds of characters. Love or guilt is a form of magic that naturally occurs in one's life. Prospero creates another magic that is placed in the audience's mind when he asks them to become the master magicians....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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]

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The Tempest

- Explain how Ariel and Caliban serve as character foils for each other. Be sure to consider their physical appearance and their roles as servants to Prospero. In the world of The Tempest , Ariel, the airy spirit, and Caliban, the earthy monster, can be described as character foils. Unlike and contrasted as they are, they have some traits in common. They both have an aversion to labor and a longing for liberty. Also, they have a primitive sense of humor, a fondness for tricks and pranks, and a spontaneous and unsophisticated love of nature....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Home vs. The Exotic in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Home vs. The Exotic in Shakespeare's The Tempest Home. Just the word conjures up feelings of familiarity and comfort, a place that is welcoming and memorable. Does home necessarily have to represent a place. Rather, can it encompass a multitude of feelings and objects that represent comfort and ease. The post-colonial novel often strives to strike a balance, whether it be uneven, between what is considered foreign and exotic and that which is homely and familiar. Post-colonial literature frequently is representative of the interplay between characters' experiences in an exotic environment versus those at home....   [tags: Shakespeare Temptest William Essays]

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The Theme of Colonialism in Shakespeare's Tempest

- The Tempest, by Shakespeare, offers the reader a variety of themes. The one theme that stands out the most is that of colonialism. During the time of Shakespeare, many European countries such as Spain, France, and England, were expanding their borders by taking over less developed countries, referred to as colonies. During this time of exploitation, there was skepticism concerning the possible success of the colonies. While some scholars believe that the play is about the Americas, I argue that the play reflects on colonialism in general and how it is destined for failure which is shown through the character’s relationships throughout the play....   [tags: colonization, shakespeare, americas, play]

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A Comparison of Characters in Macbeth and The Tempest

- The main characters in a story all have very similar characteristics as the main characters in other stories. The main characters in Macbeth and Tempest are both faced with similar dilemmas that they solve in similar ways, yet each one had their own unique way of going about it. Prospero and Macbeth are both trying to proclaim their power as leader, or king, and they each have to figure out if they should, and how they should solve the problem. Macbeth and Prospero are both very important characters in the texts Macbeth and Tempest and share, but also differ, in some qualities and traits....   [tags: power, tragedy, forgiveness]

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A Utopian Ending in The Tempest

- The Reality of a Utopian Ending in The Tempest The idea of creating a utopia on an island in the Mediterranean is an idea that recurs throughout William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. When Prospero, a usurped duke, uses his magic to conjure up a storm, a boat full of Italian royalty is shipwrecked on an island. The hierarchy that once existed disintegrates quickly in the chaos of the shipwreck, and the reader sees the characters start to vocalize how they imagine their perfect world. However, throughout the play and in its humorous conclusion, the reader sees that the realization of a utopia of any sort is an unrealistic expectation due to the characters tumultuous relationships and histories....   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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