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    The Tempest, abridged or maybe not so abridged But in my defense, this play is really fucking complicated MIRANDA So, um, Daddy, did you notice that huge ass storm that just crashed a ship on the shore of our previously deserted island PROSPERO Wow, is it exposition time already Okay, kiddo, listen up I used to be the duke of Milan, but then my asshole brother and the King of Naples put you and me on a boat and we ended up here on Wherever The Hell Island, but luckily it s full of spirits who apparently didn t have anything better to do, so I made them crash the boat, which holds my brother, the king, his son, and some other guys Now I will exact my revengesomehow MIRANDA is asleep PROSPERO Works every time Hey, Ariel ARIEL Hi, great and noble master Am I allowed to stop being your magical slave yet I mean, twelve years of servicePROSPERO Don t be silly So did you separate all the wreck survivors like I told you ARIEL Yep So, seriously, you said you were going to free me like five years agoPROSPERO Cool Go torment Caliban for a while, wouldja CALIBAN GAAARRRFNARGLERAAAHSYCORAX teethgnash hey, let s see what everyone else is doing And good luck keeping track of who s who FERDINAND Hey, I m the king s son, and you re fucking hot MIRANDA Thanks And since the only two men I ve ever seen are my dad and a deformed monster, I can only assume that you are also hot.FERDINAND We should totally get married Only if you re a virgin, though.MIRANDA What s that FERDINAND Oh man, I hit the fucking jackpot.ANTONIO So, we should probably kill the king now.SEBASTIAN Sure thing.ARIEL MAGICSMASH Bibbity bobbity boo Scared shitless now are you TRINCULO Hey everbody, I m tanked out of my mind, and therefore hilarious.STEPHANO Me too Oh, what silly hijinks we will get up to CALIBAN Glorious foreigners Help me overthrow my cruel imperialist master, I beg of you STEPHANO Wait, I don t get it One minute you re gross and creepy, and then you get all eloquent and sympathetic TRINCULO Yeah, are you supposed to represent Shakespeare s approval or disapproval of colonization CALIBAN NO TIME FOR ANALYSIS THE FAIRIES ARE PINCHING ME AGAIN they attempt a takeover Thanks to Ariel,it fails Hilariously PROSPERO So, I guess everything turned out okay Now to ceremoniously discard my magic staff and book, in a gesture that will cause endless debate in the future over whether this represents Shakespeare s withdrawal from the playwrighting world HISTORIANS AND ENGLISH MAJORS GAAAAAH WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN SHAKESPEARE Hey, I had to take time off for my hobbies All those personal papers and concrete proof that I existed aren t gonna burn themselves, you know.HISTORIANS AND ENGLISH MAJORS facedesk THE END.Read for Perspectives on Literature


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    Simple yet profound, The Tempest is a heartbreakingly sincere piece of elaborate theatrical artifice Shakespeare is a magician at the height of his powers, so accomplished at his craft that he can reveal the mechanisms of his most marvelous tricks and still astonish us.This time through, I was struck by how closely references to language, freedom, power and transformation are bound up together, and how they all seem to point to some metaphysical resolution, even if they don t finally achieve it But perhaps by the power of Prospero s staff they do


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    Spoiler alert Which seems really funny to do with a play over 400 years old Our revels now are endedThese our actors, As I fortold you, were all spirits, andAre melted into air, into thin air,And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,The cloud capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,The solemn temples, the great globe itself,Yea, all which is inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,Leave not a rack behind we are such stuffAs dreams are made on and our little lifeIs rounded with a sleep I ve read this piece of writing numerous times in my life I ve discussed it in college classes It has been mentioned or referred to several times in other books I ve read over the years Yet, I was reading along, caught up in Shakespeare s prose By this point in the play, I am as zoned in as if I were a petty thief, or a washerwoman, or a butcher with blood under my fingernails in the pit at The Globe, watching this play unfold before my eyes Ariel may have even cast a spell on me from beyond the pale We are such stuff as dreams are made on With all that exposure to these words, these bloody brilliant words, my eyes still sting with tears as if I am reading them for the first time Maybe it is the spell of Shakespeare, but I am caught completely unawares As jaded as I think I am, and life has proved to be less than ideal for me, my reaction to this line tells me that I still have a strand of hope twined round my soul I still believe in dreams Prospero, through the treachery of his brother Antonio, is deposed as Duke of Milan He is sent out in a leaky boat with his child Miranda to die, but he does not die and lands on an island where he raises his daughter He survives through the help of a savage, a Hag seed born of a witch , who shows he and his daughter how to survive on the island When Caliban is overcome with desire for Miranda he had dreams of repopulating the island with little Calibans , Prospero reacts as many fathers would, by enslaving Caliban through magic acquired from his command of the spirit Ariel In this time period, writers believed that magicians became powerful through their dominance over a spirit Wizards did not have power themselves, but only by commanding a spirit to do their bidding Caliban is an interesting character Since he was on the island first, he sees himself as king of the island His subjugation by Prospero can be interpreted as the same type of subjugation imposed upon indigenous people all over the world Caliban is brutal, physically strong, mentally weak, and vengeful He knows what is important to Prospero, even important possibly than his daughter Miranda First to possess his books for without themHe s but a sot, as I am nor hath notOne spirit to command they all do hate him,As rootedly as I Burn but his books He has brave utensils for so he calls them Which, when he has a house, he ll deck withal It shows how close Caliban and Prospero once were that Prospero would be sharing such dreams with Caliban Books are what got Prospero in trouble in the first place Knowing I loved my books, he furnished meFrom mine own library with volumes thatI prize above my dukedom Prospero, in other words, had his head buried in books so deeply that he was unprepared for his brother to usurp his place He was searching for power and, in the process, lost what power he already possessed Thank goodness the faithful Gonzalo took pity on Prospero and snuck his books on the boat Nothing worse than being marooned on an island without books To keep from going mad, I would have to carve what I can remember of the great classics into the bark of wood Call me Ishmael Revenge burns bright in the soul of Prospero, and when he gets his chance, he sends Ariel to create a tempest to bring his enemies to him They just happen to be on a ship passing close to the island What opportunity be this King Alonso of Naples, who helped Antonio overthrow his brother, is now on the island So is his son Ferdinand, his brother Sebastian, and of course, the main focus of vengeance for Prospero, his brother Antonio Needless to say, treachery abounds among the troop Antonio actively encourages Sebastian to do as he did and overthrow his brother What better opportunity than here on an island Toss him in a bog, or run him through with a sword, or maybe let Caliban eat him What makes this all very interesting to me is that Prospero, using Ariel, intercedes When we get to the end of the play and they are all saved by the boat returning, Prospero says I ll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,And deeper than did ever plummet soundI ll drown my book Okay, so Prospero and his lovely daughter Miranda are about to get on a boat with all these other duplicitous, backstabbing, certainly untrustworthy, wickedly ambitious people, and he has just released Ariel from his service and destroyed his ability to summon a protective spirit So what are the chances that Prospero gets slung off into the ocean to be a tasty treat for a swarm of sharks and Miranda doesn t marry Ferdinand, but becomes his mistress Mandy There has also been speculation about whether Caliban gets on the boat to sail back to Italy with them In my mind, Caliban sees himself as the King of the Island, so why would he leave now that his usurper is leaving Nice parallel with Antonio overthrowing Prospero, and Prospero overthrowing Caliban As always with Shakespeare there is much to puzzle on in each and everyone of his plays I ve only chosen to discuss a few aspects of the play of most interest to me this time reading it Next time, it could be several other aspects that catch my attention for discussion I know there are many who do not appreciate Shakespeare, but he is worth the effort Read Cliff s Notes, consult Spark Notes, and read summaries of the plot even before reading the play The extra work will increase your understanding and enjoyment of any of his plays Hopefully, once in a while, the Bard will catch you off guard as he does me and touch your reader s soul with words that lift that weary mantle of cynicism from your shoulders for a brief and beautiful moment My Shakespeare, rise I will not lodge thee byChaucer or Spenser, or bid Beaumont lyeA little further, to make thee a roome ,Thou art a Moniment, without a tombe,And art alive still, while thy Booke doth live,And we have wits to read, and praise to give Ben Jonson If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    It s so easy to judge Caliban based upon his actions and his violent speech, but he does have some real problems that cause them He tried to rape Miranda This is, of course, an absolutely terrible thing however, does Caliban actually know this In his life he has only known two people prior to meeting Prospero and Miranda The first person he knew of was his mother she was the evil witch who raised him This doesn t sound like a fun childhood The second person he knew was his mother s slave Ariel he would have witnessed his mother abuse her slave, and he would have seen her imprison him That s it That s all the life experience Caliban has had He has had nobody teach him human values or appropriate behaviour As wicked dew as e er my mother brushedWith raven s feather from unwholesom fenDrop on you both A southwest blow on yeAnd blister you all o er This doesn t justify his crimes, though it does explain them I don t think he fully knows right from wrong He s had nobody teach him it The only other woman he s ever seen is his mother He just didn t know how to behave with other people, and certainly not with other females He didn t even have speech till Prospero let Miranda teach him it I don t think Caliban is fully responsible for his actions Prospero should have taught him these things as soon as her arrived on the island he should have seen Caliban for what he was an aided him his education completley rather than looking down upon him Indeed, he took control of the island, and used Caliban as his lackey He wasn t his slave in the beginning that came after the rape attempt, but he still didn t fully respect Caliban as an individual He entered Caliban s home and made himself ruler of the island Caliban s wasn t considered in this To him Prospero was a foreign invader Prospero didn t have much choice in the matter either, he was exiled after all, but he could have approached the situation with tact Caliban is clearly a volatile individual who doesn t fully understand what it is to be human You have to live with other humans for that to develop Caliban has been alone for a long time Prospero, for all his knowledge, failed to fully comprehend the complexities of the situation When he looked at Caliban he didn t perceive how he may receive his coming to the island Is it any wonder that Caliban becomes even bitter and twisted You taught me language and my profit on tIs, I know how to curse The red plague rid youFor learning me your language It s a complex situation One that becomes even complex by the arrival of Prospero s past on the horizon He sets to dealing with it, but, again, he doesn t consider Caliban So, Caliban mistakenly thinks two of the new arrivals are Gods because they carry with them alcohol This isn t something he s seen before, so to him it is a thing of wonderment and real potency He quickly offers to share with them the secrets of the island, and in doing so enslaves himself once again This is his problem Prospero has treated him as a slave so he now identifies himself as a slave, and attempts to take on that same role with a new master He thinks that is what he is supposed to do He doesn t know anything else Poor Caliban Out of all the characters in this play, he s situation is the one that produces the most empathy Prospero is driven by knowledge, and in his exile he can now seek it I don t remotely feel sorry for him Miranda finds her happiness, so she s okay But, Caliban is left alone He s left on the island by himself He now has inherited what was rightfully his, but his story never receives any real closure I can t help but think that this situation could, again, happen to the man If he can mistake a pair of idiots for Gods then who else could he mistake in the future For me, Caliban steals the stage in this play I don t really consider the other characters properly because his situation is the one that is most thought provoking For me, The Tempest will always be the play that represents the voice of the colonised through the expression of Caliban s desire to be left alone, and the ability to rule himself Congratulations Shakespeare you ve somehow managed to write a play that pre dates postcolonial theory by almost 400 years


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    William Shakespeare s last play which he wrote every word of, the burnt out but rich distinguished gentleman just wanted to go back to his little, quiet, pretty home town of Stratford upon Avon and relax, enjoy himself After than twenty strenuous, nevertheless productive years of writing for the stage, he needs the calm and leave noisy London, far, far, behind Besides Shakespeare is pushing 50, old for the time 17th century his illustrious career unmatched, then or now The Tempest story begins with a terrific storm that drives a ship carrying noblemen on the shore of an unnamed, small island off the coast of probably Italy Shakespeare is vague about the location The rest of the fleet is scattered around the Mediterranean Sea and the passengers and crews, believe the nobles vessel has sadly gone down, unable to survive the gigantic wavesstill they were lucky returning, and had been to a very important wedding in Tunis North Africa, the royals think it s a deserted islenot so Prospero, a sorcerer rules this land but since only three people live there , his attractive young daughter Miranda and the deformed slave , son of a witch Caliban are the others, the kingdom s value is very limited indeed Prospero a thinly disguised Shakespeare, has learned black magic from obscure, maybe evil books the former Duke of Milan, who was overthrown by his treacherous brother Antonio, with the help of the equally wicked King of Naples Alonso He and his infant daughter had narrowly escaped death, the Duke was a bookworm, not the best way to govern, during those tumultuous days of constant wars Both Alonso and Antonio are not coincidentally shipwrecked on this land now, being on the doomed ship Ariel the magician s servant one of several supernatural entities controlled by Prospero, is a powerful wind spirit caused the bad weather at his master s request Does the mighty sorcerer seek understandably sweet revenge After twelve excruciating years, stuck on this miserable bleak place Ferdinand the King s son meets Miranda age 15, she has only seen two men in her life Caliban, the primitive and the gentle Prospero It s love at first sight, something is strange about their encounter the father seems happy over the situation, but Alonso is an old enemy.Plots of course for power ensue, even here men always seek to better their lives by killing others, will it ever change Shakespeare like the enigmatic Prospero wants peace and tranquility, to enjoy himself in his last fleeting days One in Milan the other Stratford, since they are both the same man it doesn t matter the brief candle goes out.The author believes, in the meantime that men and women should be kind to one another Such passion from a gentleman if ever proof is required, the unparalleled genius of the Bard.


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    The Tempest, William Shakespeare The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610 1611, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone It is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to cause his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned on the island There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio s lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso s son, Ferdinand 1972 1351 1357 174 1383 144 1393 157 9786003760110 17 1374 248 .


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    The Tempest is one of Shakespeare s last plays, and somehow he probably knew this as he was writing and producing it while I was rereading this book for the umpteenth time, I realised how strongly this particular play goes over and wraps up all the thirty five plays that came before it.The plot is intricate, but could be summed up like so Prospero lives on a remote island, deposed and exiled from his dukedom of Milan as in King Lear, as in the Duke in As You Like It, or even the Duke in The Two Gentlemen of Verona With him live Miranda, his young daughter, and two opposite spirits or forces of Nature, the ethereal Ariel compare with Puck and the chthonic Caliban, son of a witch see Aaron, see Macbeth s trio A ship passes by, returning from Africa Othello , is caught in a storm Lear again , and runs aground The plot, like the vessel, then splits into three parts 1 the encounter and apparently complicated love between young prince Ferdinand and Miranda reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet or the couples in A Midsummer Night s Dream 2 the regicide plot, in the forest, of treacherous Antonio and Sebastian against Alonso and Gonzalo Lear once , Macbeth once , so on 3 the washed down jest between Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo see all the jesters and divine drunkards from Speed to Falstaff.All these have a brush with disaster, but The Tempest, although it looks like a revenge play at first, is, in fact, a play on atonement, forgiveness, reconciliation and, ultimately, a journey home And Prospero s magic powers the muse like Ariel is a device that allows Shakespeare both to test and to save all his characters, finally gathered together for the last time, before breaking his staff his quill and drowning his books his plays , deeper than did ever plummet sound.A both sad and sweet ending for one of Shakespeare s major plays, that would later inspire a considerable number of thinkers, artists and entertainers, from Defoe s Robinson Crusoe and Swift s Gulliver s Travels to J.J Abrams Lost Edited to add I just realise that I failed to mention the massive influence this play has had on the Science Fiction genre the ship that lands on an uncharted planet business , especially in cinema, from Forbidden Planet 1956 to the Alien franchise e.g the plot of Ridley Scott s recent Prometheus and Covenant If you can think of any other similar reference, than welcome to leave a comment.


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    William Shakespeare s The Tempest is interesting on so many levels I especially like how it looks at both the economic benefits of colonialism along with its much uglier side, namely, exploitation and racism In the play, Prospero, as banished duke of Milan, has taken control of a small island and enslaved Caliban who Prospero sees as unfit to rule his native land Shakespeare brilliantly captures this attitude of superiority toward the colonized This is something that will have implications for hundreds of years as England and the other European powers vie for territory around the world The other worldly setting for The Tempest shows the mechanism of turning the colonized into the other Caliban is repeatedly referred to as a monster and called out for his lack of gratitude civilization has been brought to him yet for some reason he isn t thankful Of course, these supposed benefits come with a cost oppression, exploitation and all the other evils of civilization Prospero takes his ownership over the island a step further as he uses his magical abilities to exercise complete dominion over the entire island and its inhabitants It is critical that, in the course of the play, Prospero struggles with his conscience and, in the end, gives up power magic and prepares to leave the stage Our revels now are ended These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud capp d towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep I ve seen The Tempest performed two times, most memorably at Delacorte Theater in Central Park Patrick Stewart played the aging but powerful enchanter, Prospero Stewart really made Prospero s moral struggle come alive Shakespeare s evocative language is, of course, on display in this play, but this play also shows how language can be used as a weapon of the colonizer Thought to be the last play Shakespeare completed, The Tempest is also among his best and most relevant.


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    Our revels now are ended These our actors,As I foretold you, were all spirits and Are melted into air, into thin air Prospero, Act IV, Scene i THE TEMPEST is my favorite of of all of William Shakespeare s works THE TEMPEST is a marvel on several levels chiefly among them is the playwright s talent had not waned in all the years he had written for the stage This is Shakespeare s farewell to the stage and to public life It is brilliant.My take on THE TEMPEST is quite different from many others I look at this work not as a reader, or even a theatre goer, but as a director.Sir Peter Hall described THE TEMPEST as The most blasphemous play Shakespeare wrote, THE TEMPEST is about a man on an island who s allowed to play God and who doesn t just dabble in witchcraft but actually performs it There has to be a quality of the fantastic about THE TEMPEST to make it successful, something to provoke a sense of wonder I view Prospero not as a regal duke who attains God like stature, but a man who has lived in nature for many and has grown disillusioned with life He is reluctant to take his dukedom back and leaves his island not triumphantly, but reluctantly Prospero knows that everyone here, himself included, is beyond redemption except for Miranda and Ferdinand Prospero is the controller of both the tempest, and THE TEMPEST He is a very troubled man Prospero is engaged in a race against time This is the crux of his dispute with Ariel and his demand for freedom Prospero has been exiled for 12 years Over this time he has lost his princely virtures and has instead become a savage look at his treatment of both Ariel, and Caliban, and to a lesser extent, Miranda Prospero is not tolerant many of his speeches are akin to outbursts Antonio is the negative pole of THE TEMPEST There is no forgiveness between the brothers, they are irreconcilable But this is not the biggest blow to Prospero.Ariel s leaving Prospero deserting him is the biggest blow Prospero suffers Ariel is the love of Prospero s life They are THE TEMPEST s power couple The love between Prospero and Ariel one of the most compelling relationships that Shakespeare ever imagined This is the real love story of THE TEMPEST.Let s be clear, Ariel is a slave However for a slave Ariel also has tremendous power over Prospero Ariel s relationship with Prospero in the play is necessarily marked by his identity as Prospero s slave He must obey But he wants than this master slave relationship He wants to be loved Before you can say come and go, And breathe twice and cry so, so, Each one, tripping on his toe, Will be here with mop and mow.Do you love me, master No Ariel, Act IV, Scene i To be clear on another point, Ariel is a male sprite He was written as a male and is meant to be portrayed by a male actor Too often, Ariel is cast as a woman and it weakens the play in general and the relationship between Prospero and Ariel in particular Their love is homoerotic, but in Shakespeare s time it was what it was Ariel s feelings for Prospero are complex Proud to be of use to Prospero, impatient to be free, yet desirous of praise the relationship has something of love, something of servitude, something of rebellion Should one imagine Prospero as a father figure Or, is he Ariel s Daddy And what of Caliban Prospero enslaves Caliban and keeps him subjugated by the use of magic to frighten or subdue him However his need to do this may stem from his fear of Caliban, a virile young male whose sexuality is focused on his daughter A figure of physical strength who Prospero knows would overthrow or kill him if he could Prospero may be brains but Caliban is brawn and brawn at that who knows how to survive in the harsh island environment The major theme of THE TEMPEST is reconciliation not forgiveness reconciliation In the end, Prospero is reconciled with his brother and the king, but true forgiveness evades them all.At THE TEMPEST s close, Prospero renounces magic, pledging to break his staff and drown his books He frees his lover Ariel, makes peace with the threatening Caliban, and reconciles with his usurping brother Antonio, the Duke of Milan, who conspired to banish him.In his final soliloquy, the play s epilogue, Prospero considers the diminishing of his powers and the ravages of encroaching age Now my charms are all o erthrown,And what strength I have s mine own,Which is most faint Prospero, Epilogue I Finally, he asks the audience for their applause, drawing the performance to a close and freeing him from his project Which was to please But release me from my bandsWith the help of your good handsAs you from crimes would pardon d be,Let your indulgence set me free Prospero, Epilogue I Ultimately, i interpret THE TEMPEST as a farewell to the theatre, the broken staff a perfect metaphor for the writer laying aside his pen.