Cesaire Essays

  • The Misunderstood Message of Aime Cesaire's A Tempest

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    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

  • Aime Cesaire's A Tempest Clarifies Shakespeare's The Tempest

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    the West.   Leopold Senghor, Leon Damas, and Aime Cesaire are the three pioneers of the revolution.  The founder who expresses his ideas more broadly, though, is Cesaire, who uses literary works to express his viewpoint on colonization.  An excellent example of such a tactic is his play, A Tempest, which is a revision of William Shakespeare's The Tempest.  Both Shakespeare and Cesaire accentuate the greed of Europeans in their plays.  However, Cesaire is more obvious in his approach to exposing it. 

  • Analysis of Shakespeare's The Tempest - Racism

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    Racism in The Tempest One manifestation of racism that Cesaire surfaces is the proliferation of negative Black stereotypes. Cesaire uses Prospero to expose the feeble, racist stereotypes many Whites propagate about Blacks. Prospero, presenting a common White opinion, says to Caliban, "It [Caliban's living quarters] wouldn't be such a ghetto if you took the trouble to keep it clean" (13). Such a statement is clearly racist and plays into the stereotypes many Whites have about Blacks (i.e., they

  • tempcolon Confronting Colonialism and Imperialism in Aime Cesaire's A Tempest

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    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

  • David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly and Aime Cesaire's A Tempest as Examples of Postcolonial Drama

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    one way to rebel against colonization is to warp the tools of the colonizer to support the cause of liberation. The strategy seems to be especially popular in drama, where there are two stellar examples of postcolonial literature, A Tempest by Aime Cesaire and M. Butterfly by David Henry Hwang. These plays are rewritten versions of Shakespeare's The Tempest and Puccini's opera, Madame Butterfly, respectively, and retain the same characters and basic plot elements. Both Shakespeare's and Puccini's works

  • the Discourse on Colonialism by Cesaire

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    In the Discourse on Colonialism, Cesaire illustrates a compelling relationship between colonized states and the proletariat class. He conveys that the proletariat socio-economic class allows for the possible unification of society against the powers of colonialism. Interestingly, the comparison reflects as these elements extend from constructed illusions to unequivocal creeds. By isolating and juxtaposing the two groups, Cesaire is able to elaborate on how he believes that race and class unite to

  • Comparing Aime Cesaire's A Tempest and Shakespeare's The Tempest

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    represented by the characters Ariel, who represents the compliant, friendly native, and Caliban, who represents the native as a wild savage. In 1969, Aime Cesaire published A Tempest, a play which uses Shakespeare's play as a model. Whereas Shakespeare writes from a European point of view about the New World on the eve of colonization, Cesaire, who was born on the Caribbean island of Martinique in 1913 and, thus, is a native of the "New World," writes from over 300 years of hindsight about the effects

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

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    Shakespeare allows Prospero the sorcerer to dominate his foreign environment and all who inhabit it, while Caliban in Cesaire's play uses the foreign language of his master, Prospero, to stage an open revolt. Placed within a post-colonial context, Cesaire ultimately expands upon the actions and characters created by Shakespeare in order to posit a plausible modern explanation for the role of language and literature in the progression from fictional to actual, all too real, colonies. Slavery is a

  • Comparing Power in Shakespeare's Tempest and Aime Cesaire's A Tempest

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    likely due to her large amount of power.  Miranda continues on the journey of finding herself throughout the play, and though her maturation does not complete itself, she left in a much better position than where she began. Works Cited Césaire, Aimé. A Tempest. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1999. Leininger, Lorie Jerrell. "The Miranda Trap." The Woman's Part: Feminist Critisicm of Shakespeare. Eds. Carolyn R. S. Lenz, Gayle Green, and Carol T. Neely. Urbana, Illinois: University

  • Foreign

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    country would be “Out of Alien Days” by Aime Cesaire. Cesaire’s own message in his poem has been interpreted by scholars through diverse approaches to the underline meaning of the poem. An understanding of the scholars interpretation of the poem should include a brief discussion about Cesaire’s writing style. The literary critics that interpreted “Out of Alien Days” have their own specific argument as to why Cesaire wrote the poem, and the ideas Cesaire wanted the reader to understand. With the literary

  • Literature

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    French colonization would be “Out of Alien Days” by Aime Cesaire. Cesaire especially uses examples of imagery and tone to express the ideas of oppression and political revolution to focus on the forms of literature he describes. Along with examples of the literary elements, there should be an explanation of Cesaire’s usage of image and tone that explains the author’s main message in “Out of Alien Days.” In “Out of Alien Days,” Aime Cesaire uses the concepts of imagery and a revolutionary tone to

  • Summary Of The Black Student By Aime Cesaire

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    Aime Cesaire one of the most important twentieth-century Martiniquean writers, anti-colonial critics and a towering voice of freedom and self-determination, who dedicated his life to fighting against the inequities of colonialism. He was a major voice of surrealism, and one of the great French poets, and is highly valued for his role in modern Anti-colonial and Pan-African movements. His canon of works illuminates a perception of human dignity and cultural equality and his political, cultural, and

  • Factors Leading to His Downfall: The Tragedy of King Christophe by Aimé Césaire

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    witnessing irrational behavior, there comes a sudden urge. The urge to feel the emotions and read the thoughts of the offender in an attempt to understand their purpose and to set the mind at ease. The play The Tragedy of King Christophe by Aimé Césaire offers the opportunity to peer into the mind of King Henri Christophe and to understand the motives that lead to his undoing. His voice is no longer silenced. His story speaks of a man with selfless aspirations who took an unfortunately fatal detour

  • The Tempest Research Paper

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    aspects of the originals. Aimé Césaire’s A Tempest, is one of the many works that has reimagined Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Cesaire is inspired by his environment and ideology in his reinterpretation just as Shakespeare was when he wrote The Tempest. Cesaire’s personal experience with colonialism and his founding of the negritude movement are prominent aspects of Cesaire response to Shakespeare’s play. Cesaire's A Tempest, extends the perspective of colonialism in a way that advances

  • The Tempest Comparative Essay

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    In response to Shakespeares’ The Tempest, Césaire, a French poet and politician, creates his own rendition of the play called A Tempest to highlight the issues of racism prevalent during the Negritude movement, an African American movement based in France. In the original text, Prospero’s dominance over Ariel and Caliban illustrated the power of language to establish superiority. Furthermore, Shakespeare promoted English occupation through Prospero to appeal to the audience’s mentality of British

  • Adrienne Rich's Essay Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence

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    Colonialism, which examines colonialism as “relations of domination and submission which turn the colonizing man into a classroom monitor, an army sergeant, a prison guard, a slave driver, and the indigenous man into an instrument of production,” (Césaire 42). His primary concern with colonization, the method by which a relationship of colonialism is established, is not the physical presence of colonists trespassing on land that doesn’t belong to them. Rather, he deplores colonialism because the

  • The Tempest

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    called many things, but Shakespeare certainly intended him to be a savage and a servant of Prospero. Since Caliban was the original inhabitant, many view the interactions between Prospero and him as a representation of conquest and colonization. Aime Cesaire wrote a critique of the The Tempest titled A Tempest, which portrayed Prospero as a slave-owner on a Caribbean island . Aime Cesaire’s A Tempest focuses on Caliban as a black slave, who is treated unjustly by his master, Prospero.

  • M. Butterfly

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    by Aime Cesaire. Both plays are re-worked versions of and Puccini's opera, Madame Butterfly and Shakespeare's The Tempest, and retain similar characters and basic plots. Shakespeare's and Puccini's works created symbols of other cultures. Caliban is the black devil, and Cio-Cio San is the timid and beautiful "Butterfly." These symbols have become stereotypes in Western culture, and formed, the justification for colonization. To pin these works against the idea of colonization, Cesaire and Hwang

  • Industrialization In Joseph Conrad's World And Western Ideas

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    their doubts. Aimé Césaire was very critical of western ideas and the effects that rise with these ideas. He claims that it was western ideas, the idea of colonization the hypocrisy of people that ultimately led to the rise of Nazism. The citizens from the states that colonized were fine when acts of brutality were committed in the colonies but when Hitler rose to power with the idea to

  • The Tempest Culture Analysis

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    home now overrun by Prospero. We see this first appear when Prospero yells at Caliban for speaking in his native tongue . Caliban greets him by saying “Uhuru” (Cesaire 11). Prospero responds “Yet another return to your savage tongue. I've already told you, I don't like it. You could be polite, at least: hello wouldn't kill you.” (Cesaire 11). He is forcing Caliban to speak in a language unfamiliar to him without even considering how Caliban might feel uncomfortable in doing so. Another example is