Intertextualism In The Tempest

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The Tempest by William Shakespeare, is a play depicting the colonial relations that occurred when the European powers invaded ‘new’ land (Licata 1-2). His text was later adapted by the author Aimé Césaire from a post-colonial stance in the form of A Tempest. Césaire’s text is intimately involved with the Shakespearean text and so the assimilation of ideas marks the use of intertextuality (Landwehr 2). Intertextuality is a technique used to indicate the various ways that a literary text is devoted strongly to other texts (Abrahams 285). As the plays are both centred on the theme of colonisation, it is imperative that one has a clear understanding of what colonisation is. Colonisation is when an area is taken over by another country, the colonies’ resources are drained and the people are exploited (Licata 1-2). The coloniser imposes their own cultural and political views on the colonies (Licata 1-2). The colonial theme will be engaged with through the evaluation of the relationships between the characters of Prosper, Caliban, Ariel and Miranda. This essay will highlight certain elements of similarity and deviation that the characters have in either play with specific emphasis of the relationship of Caliban and Prospero. The themes of power, identity and freedom will also be explored through the various characters. Initially, the power dynamic between the characters of Miranda and Prospero is very clear in The Tempest and A Tempest. Prospero controls and
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