The Tempest Critical Context

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Knox
"the development of the action and its final solution are all conjugations of the basic paradigms of classical comedy"
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Coghill
"it resembles the story of Adam and Eve, type-story of our troubles"
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Vickers
"the Tempest is now unfortunately reduced to allegory about colonialism"
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Vickers
"Caliban is another challenge to the humanists' naive belief that the gift of speech is inherently civilising"
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Coleridge
Describes Prospero as "the very Shakespeare himself"
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Beck
see's the play as "a tale of political power and social responsibilty"
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Mowat
"Shaekspeare draws on a tradition of magic and superstition in works such as Dr Faustus."
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Smith
"Symbolline or Winter's Tale could have been written later. Shakespeare didn't know it would be his last play, and he is only connected to Prospero by the 'art'/magic."
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Smith
"Prospero's protection of her 'virgin knot' may be because of the political importance of marriage, rather than any concern for his daughter"
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Miller
"It is difficult for the modern audience to feel sympathy for Prospero."
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Greenaway
In his dramatisation of the play. Prospero speaks all the lines.
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Greenblatt
"Language is the perfect instrument of empire", Caliban is seen as being "the medieval figure of the Wild Man"
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McFarland
"The Machiavellians see nothing of reality...and Gonzalo is a speaker of a certain truth"
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Nuttal
"Caliban is not innocent", "the forgiveness of Antonio is contrived to kill any smile starting in the audience"
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Cohen
"The tempest perhaps uncovers the racist and imperialistic bases of English nationalism"
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Cristaudo and Poiana
"Shakespeare contrasts the practical wisdom of the boatswain with the foolish and reckless behaviour of the men in rank"
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Valdivieso
"Miranda's main role is to obey her father"
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Nesler
"As a spirit of the air, Ariel highlights the shifting nature of gender as it was perceived during the period"
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Krysa
The 2010 Julie Taymor version of the play (the one with Helen Mirren as Prospero) is "a comment on women's empowerment"
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Thurman
2008 RSC performance (Janice Honeyman) - "It is clear that Kani's approach to the role [of Caliban] is based on his identification with Caliban as a victim of tyranny"
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"it resembles the story of Adam and Eve, type-story of our troubles"

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"the Tempest is now unfortunately reduced to allegory about colonialism"

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"Caliban is another challenge to the humanists' naive belief that the gift of speech is inherently civilising"

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Describes Prospero as "the very Shakespeare himself"

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