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  • Theme Of Colonization In The Tempest

    are often viewed as barbaric and primitive from Western people, are in fact very harmonious, religious, and organized. Montaigne says “These nations then seem to me to be so far barbarous, as having received but very little form and fashion from art and human invention, and consequently to be not much remote from their original simplicity. The laws of nature, however, govern them still” (Montaigne). Montaigne prompts that Europeans are the people who are actually corrupt and deprave nature. In the play Shakespeare depicts how the corrupt Western colonists deprive the natives of their inheritance through the characters of Caliban and Prospero. Caliban says “This island’s mine by Sycorax, my mother/Which thou tak’st from me” (1.2.396-397). This shows that Prospero is taking Caliban’s inheritance from Sycorax, much like the Western colonizers do. In this case Caliban can be viewed as a pure victim. Moreover, Caliban says “And showed thee all the qualities o’ th’ isle,/The fresh springs, brine pits, barren place and/fertile” (1.2.403-405), which shows that he is harmony with nature, like the cannibals in Montaigne’s essay. One way to interpret the name of Caliban is to view it as derived from the word ‘cannibal’. A lot of parallels can be observed between the cannibals in Montaigne’s Of Cannibals and Caliban in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. It can be therefore inferred that through the character of Caliban, Shakespeare represents the unjustly acted towards natives, who are…

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  • Use Of Power In The Tempest

    The Tempest and the Power Needed to Rule The main motif of the play The Tempest, written by William Shakespeare (ca. 1611), is the power that a ruler can exert over his fellows and followers. In the play, this ruler is given form in the main character Prospero, the Duke of Milan, who was overthrown by his brother Antonio and the rival Duke of Naples Alonso, and exiled to a deserted island somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea. Over the course of the play, Prospero uses power in a variety of ways…

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  • Zen Zo Physical Theatre Analysis

    Physical Theatre Analytical Essay Zen Zen Zo, founded in 1992, is an Australian Physical Theatre company. Asian-theatre traditions (Butoh and Noh), and pop culture, where stagecraft, music and movement create meaning, forged the company’s unique style. Physical Theatre can be defined as, a genre of theatrical performance that pursues storytelling through physical means, rather than, spoken text. Zen Zen Zo’s interpretation of the Tempest encompasses themes (dramatic meaning) which have a…

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  • Imperialism In The Tempest Analysis

    The play, The Tempest is one of the many texts which allegorically represents various aspects of colonial oppression. The Tempest resonates with unusual power and variety. Prospero’s supreme control over the island and over the spirits of the island symbolizes his imperialistic nature within the play. Shakespeare presents the issue of imperialism through the character, Prospero as he has dominant power and control over the island and the original inhabitants. Parteni defines imperialism as “the…

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  • The Role Of Women In William Shakespeare's The Tempest

    Women of 17th century England are supposed to be subordinate to men; however, Shakespeare reveals that it is the women who give power to men. The three women present in The Tempest exemplify this. Men are threatened by Sycorax, since she realizes her power and is an independent woman who refuses to give up her power to men. She is consequentially viewed as evil and a threat to society. On the other hand, Miranda maintains her role as the servant to her father and then Ferdinand. Despite this,…

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  • Ariel In William Shakespeare's The Tempest

    Prospero freed Ariel from an oak tree in which s/he was trapped by a witch named Sycorax (Caliban’s mother). Ariel is indebted to Prospero for freeing him as seen in the line, “Remember I have done thee worthy service/ Told thee no lies, made no mistakings, served/ Without or grudge or grumblings. Thou did promise/ To bate me a full year” (I.II.295-298). This line indicates Ariel asking for his freedom because s/he served Prospero for a year and his/her time is up. Ariel has been a faithful…

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  • Social Roles In The Tempest

    He came, saw that there was someone already living there and completely disregarded it. Caliban and Sycorax had been living there for years, but because Prospero had more power than Caliban he declared himself to be above him. Prospero saw Caliban as a savage, so he assumed it was his job was to civilize him. Caliban says "This island's mine by Sycorax my mother," (citation), but Prospero came and made himself King over the island. Caliban and Sycorax, as the only two non-white characters, seem…

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  • The Theme Of Utopia In The Tempest By William Shakespeare

    Prospero, the protagonist of The Tempest, and the Duke of Milan, is wronged by his brother, Antonio. Ever since Antonio usurped Prospero, Prospero has been seeking revenge because of his exile on a lonely island, therefore, everything fell into place when Prospero caused the storm with his magic, causing Antonio’s ship to crash onto the island. On the island, Prospero has daughter and two servants with him. Both of his servants came from the witch Sycorax. Ariel had been trapped in a tree on the…

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  • Ariel In The Tempest

    Ariel is the spirit that has agreed to temporarily serve Prospero due to the fact that Prospero had freed Ariel of imprisonment by the witch Sycorax. While this trade can be seen as fair, Prospero uses Ariel’s service to carry out actions that are clearly immoral by taking advantage of both is own, as well as Ariel’s magical abilities. Ariel’s service is used only for Prospero’s personal gain as he sends Ariel out in numerous different magical forms in order to manipulate Antonio, Alonso, and…

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  • How Is Ariel Presented In Act 4 Of The Tempest

    Ariel is a slave to Prospero, with the promise of being set free when his mater is fully satisfied and will not have any further use for him – promise which is eventually fulfilled by the end of the play. This submission started when Prospero set Ariel free from a tree where Sycorax, the witch who lived on the island, and mother to Caliban, had placed him. However, we can also appreciate, although differently, submission in Prospero's relationship with Caliban. The latter is considered a…

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