Why should you read Shakespeare's "The Tempest"? - Iseult Gillespie
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One interpretation which has been heatedly discussed through time is the Tempest’s relationship to colonialism,
when European nations including England explored and exploited large areas of the world. Read more about this interpretation in this article. The character of Caliban is at the center of this debate, given the ways in which he is dehumanized and portrayed as a native to the island who is denied his rights. Learn more about this haunting creation here.
Magic is an important part of the character’s obsession with power and control - listen to a podcast and read about the role of magic in Shakespeare’s worldview here. The wonders of the island have been compared to
such as timber and water, as well as knowledge and learning as indicated by Prospero’s attachment to his books.
Comparisons have also been made between Shakespeare himself and Prospero in the way the magician refers to his power as his “art”, and seems to act as a puppet-master over the other characters. At the same time, both Ariel and Caliban have their own type of magic and knowledge - making the question of who has control all the more murky.
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