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March 12, 2007

Frye's reading of The Tempest: We want to be Peter Pan once in awhile

"And it is Shakespeare who gives us, as members of his audience, his island, as one would give a child an apple, but with the further hope that we will not stop with eating the apple but will use its seeds to create for ourselves new seas and even more enchanted islands." (305).

Frye again goes back to the fallen world discussion and also uses a variety of examples of other plays ( hello, intertextuality) to stress his point that what seems like child-like illusion can be reality and vice versa. I liked how he explained that to really get the full dramatic experience, we shouldn't lose our sense of wonder just as Shakespeare tried to strive for. We still get excited over our favorite Disney movies (at least I do) and I believe that's because of the excitement of escape and the idea that while it might not be reality to us now, it seemed like it could be when we were children.

Posted by ErinWaite at March 12, 2007 1:09 PM


I think the idea of excitement and escaping into another world was part of Shakespeare's dramatic experience he wanted his audience to get.
This quote is just screaming out intertextuality or at least the idea. It states that we will not stop eating the apple but use the seeds to create our own story.
This is what intertextuality is, kind of.
We read novels, plays, short stories, poems and look at them and see what style, language or devices we got out of them and how we can incorporate them into our story.

Posted by: Denamarie at March 17, 2007 6:35 PM

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