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Rewriting of Shakespeare's The Tempest

I was very surprised at how many different versions of The Tempest that there are out in the world. The article began with a brief history of the play that actually suggested maybe Shakespeare didn't really write it. He came up with the original idea but much later someone else added puncuation and broke the play down into acts and then scenes. I guess we will never really know but this information makes you think. Each version of the play I read about had a similar main plot/premis, but they all presented different interpretations of the story. I specifically remember a mention of women as being "dimmed and muted" in the story and this claim held very true. There is also the suggestion that Prospero is actually the father of Caliban rather than just his master.

One thing that is mentioned in this article that I picked up on while reading the play is the theme of servitude or servant/master. Prospero is in a sense a servant to the people as well as his personal economic developement. Deconstructionism is present in this idea. There is no doubt an allegory relating The Tempest to "class conflict and social subordination." Although Caliban is not a person (he is a 1/2 man 1/2 monster), we can still see evidence that he is treated like a slave. In general there is a lot of context regarding leadership roles.

In class we spoke of the Intentional Falocy...a non deliberate lie, a mistake made when trying to understand/interpret a text, in this case the words of Shakespeare. It's a mistake made by critics that read and ask the question, "I wonder what he meant by this passage?" There is no way to apply present day idealogy to works written so long ago. We also mentioned seeing Prospero as a Scientist in the regard that magic and science were once so closely linked and he was the one to call upon the Masque.

Dabydeen's "Samaroo's Tempus Est. ASN."

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