Essay about Shakespeare 's The Tempest By William Shakespeare

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Illumination is the evoking of previously unknown idea or the providing of insight to a situation. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, offers multiple instances of illumination, one of which is the exposure of the difference in race. This difference in race mainly portrayed in the treatment of the island native Caliban. The author’s use of imagery, specifically by way of the stranded outsiders depictions, portray Caliban as a monster. This portrayal illuminates the readers to the treatment and exploitation of individuals based on their race during Shakespearean time, primarily through the context evoked by racial injustices in that era.
The outsiders’ depictions of Caliban, specifically through imagery, portray him as a monster. Numerous characters, specifically Stephano, Trinculo, and Prospero, provide depictions of Caliban. For example, Stephano describes the islands only living native of being made of evil things with words like “devil,” “savage,” and the obvious “monster” (II.ii.55-62). These descriptions also lead to his inability to distinguish what kind of being Caliban is, by calling him both a “man” and “moon-calf”(II.ii.55-111). These evil words as well as the inability to distinguish what type of life form Caliban is, mirror depictions of other conquered natives specifically the “Irish” (Fuchs 267). The character of Trinculo also provides evidence to Caliban’s monstrosity via imagery. For instance, Trinculo describes Caliban of being ignorant and partially…

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