Romance and Anti-Romance in Shakespeare's The Tempest Essays

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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. Not to the extreme of escapist drama, but certainly free from the boundaries of the mortal world as we know it.

In reading the critical essay entitled "The Tempest as Romance and Anti-Romance by
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The island becomes a symbol for seclusion and confinement to all as they begin to understand what a life Prospero must have led there. This is all set up correctly in Hillman's view because it is, after all, Prospero who controls all in a rigid fashion within the realm of this world.

The storm at the beginning to the show adds new levels and romantic ideals to the play. Anthony B. Dawson shows that the storm is truly fitting to "the classic pattern of romance, where apparent disaster is metamorphosed into serenity and reunion." (Hillman 143). The audience is allowed to know that the storm is simply an illusion. This concept is not quite permissible by romance. We should believe in the storm and the powers over it, however, the fact that we are aware that it is controlled by one who has great magical power allows us to fall back into the realm of the fantastic. Romantic convention, after all, thrives on the idea of potential magic and the world of romance has limitless possibilities. In fact, to open the play with the storm simply demonstrates that one is about to enter into a world where anything is possible and all is open to interpretation. This adds astounding new levels to the play and sets absolutely no boundaries for anything to come.

Prospero's world thrives on the energy of the supernatural and his spirit servants. He is happy to be away from his dukedom and

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