An analysis of hierarchical culture in the tempest by william shakespeare

Caliban… Throughout history, the interaction between civilized people and native islanders has caused confusion and turmoil for cultures. Not only does Prospero abuse his power against the native Caliban but also against his own daughter, Miranda, and the indigenous spirit Ariel.

People of the West inaccurately imagined the Caribbean people as monsters and deformed beasts. Caliban exemplifies Nature by pertaining to earthly deeds such as gathering wood.

The brutal depiction and social status of Caliban are all warning signs of how slavery and condescension are problematic. In The Tempest, William Shakespeare portrays the character Caliban as a savage, horrid beast and as the slave of the Westerner, Prospero.

Fernandez Retamar, a well respected Cuban writer, claims: To tempt Caliban, Prospero brings around Miranda and keeps her at a distance so Caliban cannot touch her.

Caliban reinforces the idea of grasping on to whatever outsiders impose onto the Caribs. In this context, Shakespeare feels in order to be accepted in society, one must subscribe to the language and customs of that regime. With the ability to manipulate the weather, induce sleep and instantly create pain, Prospero has an almost godlike ego that the colonizers at the time felt as well.

Although the Europeans use the word in a derogatory manner, cannibal, to the Caribbean people means a person who soaks in culture all around them.

Speaking in tongues is one of our skills. The Ironic relationship of Prospero and Caliban is that Prospero, who has the supreme control of the island, knows less about the island itself than Caliban.

After meeting Stephano and Trinculo, Caliban again tries to become their possession. At the time of Colonization the mix of these two ways of life resulted in many of the problems the Caribbean and other nations face today When the Western nations first interacted with the native islanders they were referred to as cannibals.

Magically given pains by Prospero, Caliban has trouble moving about. Since the Caribs have witnessed so many different people; westerners, Arabs, Africans and various other islanders, it seems there are no other options but to cannibalize all the different cultures around them.

For many of the indigenous people, witnessing a vessel land on a beach was breathtaking and haunting. Also, Caliban actually lives on the island so he relates much closer to nature than the Westerners.

In the beginning of the play, before Caliban even enters, Prospero talks about Caliban in a very patronizing tone: The complexity of colonization has created an almost withdrawal to the oppressed people of the islands.

The distinction between Caliban and Ariel involves the overall appearance and duties that they serve. In the end of the play, Caliban rises above his master and defies him. On the outside, the physical appearance given by Shakespeare seems to present itself as stereotypical of the images represented by other authors of his time.

In a way, William Shakespeare to me seems almost as a soothsayer of the problems the Caribbean people faced and currently are troubled with at this present time. On the opposite spectrum, Caliban represents what the conquerors actually found.

In ways Caliban loathes what Prospero has done to the island but he always has a level of respect for what Prospero has created. The author emphasizes that Caliban envisions the way Western civilization pictured people of the Caribbean at the time.

Not as some savage animal but as a character who had true emotions just like the reader would. To the westerner the only distinction between an animal and Caliban, is that the islander can speak an accepted language. Caliban Analysis You are here: The collision of these two symbols creates problems like slavery and warfare.

This temptation that Prospero creates between the three characters shows the lack of respect Prospero gives to his daughter and Caliban.

Nature, represented by Caliban is always in conflict with Art, the Westerners. One of the primary motives in writing is to persuade the reader into believing whatever the author intends.

In order to keep both Ariel and Caliban from not escaping, Prospero punishes both characters, but in separate ways. While Ariel represents the true treasure of the Caribbean isles. Prospero symbolizes the Western power dominating an island and its inhabitants; while Caliban represents the islander who is forcefully controlled by the Westerner.

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest: Caliban Analysis

The creative depiction by Columbus; reflects how Shakespeare wanted the reader to see Caliban. Shakespeare intended for the reader to see a Carib in a new light by the end of the play.The Tempest 1 THE TEMPEST, OR THE E n c h a n t e d I s l a n d.

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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE’S THE TEMPEST By JAMES E. McGINN, Ed.D and JEANNE M. McGLINN, Ph.D. INTRODUCTION The Tempest is generally regarded as Shakespeare’s last play, first performed in for King James I and again for the marriage festivities of Elizabeth, the King’s daughter, to Frederick, the Elector Palatine.

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest: Caliban Throughout history, the interaction between civilized people and native islanders has caused confusion and turmoil for cultures. In The Tempest, William Shakespeare portrays the character Caliban as a savage, horrid beast and as the slave of the Westerner, Prospero.

Here, we take a comprehensive look into The Tempest, one of the last plays written by the England’s greatest William Shakespeare. Regarded as a comedy in the beginning, it was later labeled as one of his late romances.

- Tempest Character Analysis William Shakespeare's last play The Tempest is a story about Prospero (the rightful duke of Milan). He is betrayed by his brother Antonio and left on a ship with his daughter Miranda to die. By William Shakespeare Directed by Charles McMahon March 15 - April 29, With poetry that brings the roiling sea to heel, The Tempest commands us to examine what happens when one ruler is exiled, his successor washed up on shore, and both must choose between conflict and reconciliation.

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