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Bloom: Invention of the Human

Harold Bloom's academic article regarding Shakespeare's "The Tempest" took a very unique look at the play's various characters and the audience's perception of them. In general I did not have a problem with Prospero or the way in which he conducted himself in the play. Though Bloom argues that Prospero is one of the play's true villians and that many of his actions are indeed not just (such as the enslavement of Caliban/Ariel). All the characters of the play are flawed in some way or another, as mentioned by Chris in his blog...though it is hard to find a vice or flaw of Miranda. It is interesting how bloom also describes Prospero as being cold in his demeanor. I associate coldness with evil/madness and the devil. Specifically the devil because of a point that was recently brought up in my Faith, Religion and Society class that the devil is cold and heartless in his actions.

Prospero, like the devil, does have an immense amount of magical power that he can use to influence others, but he does not ever implement it in such a way as to change things for his benefit. I wonder if it is that knows using his power for evil is wrong, yet this contradicts the idea Bloom presents about Prospero's true nature. I am sure the Prospero had the power to go back and change what he had once done (maybe by time travel) but he never did, oddly enough. It was a heard concept to wrap my head around.

I thought it was really interesting that Bloom described "The Tempest" as being 'the worst interpreted and performed play along with "A Mid-Summers Night's Dream." The Tempest deals with a broken society on the island and it is likely that once everyone leaves, Caliban will be left behind on the island alone to suffer for his sins. As Caliban is rejected by society, I can't help but re-visit my earlier claim that if he had the chance he would rape Miranda.A more contemporary production of the play that was done lets this rape commence. Another interesting thing about this play is the idea that it can be a romance as well as a comedy. Interpretation can be varied but there are elements of each type of play in "The Tempest."

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Shakespeare and the Invention of the Human ASN.

Comments (2)

Leslie, I'm not sure what to make of your habit of posting blank entries and promising to come back later to fill them in.

At the very least, I'm disappointed when I come to your blog expecting to read something interesting... ah, well, such is my lot in life.


Well Dr.J, all I can say is that unfortunately time has not been on my side this term with the increasing demands from my Lacrosse team. I'm sorry if I left you feeling dissapointed.

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