The Tempest By William Shakespeare Essay

2026 Words Dec 16th, 2016 9 Pages
Throughout multiple centuries, colonialism occurred all over the world. Colonialism referred to a dominant country established its colonies in another nation. The dominant country had an absolute control over its colony countries. All the resources, the people or any other properties within the colony countries will also belong to the colonized nation. As a result, many colonies spoke their colonized country’s language and shared their culture. One example from the colonial period is Britain and its colonies such as India and part of Africa. This is somewhat related to the play “The Tempest” By Shakespeare. The Tempest portraits post- colonial theory when Prospero possesses the magical power which enables him to control everything within the island. By creating an absolute control character of Prospero and an absolute obedience character of Ariel, Caliban and Ferdinand, Shakespeare’s the tempest proves a successful European imperial project within the island. In opposite, Aime Cesaire’s A Tempest did not support but critiques the colonial theory through the depiction of Caliban, Ariel, and Eshu’s freedom of speech. The post-colonial theory is associated with a dominant nation who took control over a weaker nation known as the colony nation. According to Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, she stated colonialism as “It is well known that Foucault locates epistemic violence… At the end of the European eighteenth century” (Pg25, Spivak). This means a nation who possessed a better…

Related Documents