Comparing Power in Shakespeare's Tempest and Aime Cesaire's A Tempest

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Power in Shakespeare's Tempest and Césaire's A Tempest Power is defined as the possession of control, authority, or influence over others. In William Shakespeare's The Tempest and Aimé Césaire's A Tempest, power is a key element in the relationships that exist between characters. As Caliban and Prospero battle for dominance over the island, Miranda finds that she holds a certain power of her own as she matures from an innocent youth to a sensual, strong-headed young woman. Seen by some as a victim of Prospero's need to control, yet by others as both content and charming, it is that transformation that influences those about her and guides her growth into adulthood. Miranda is an intriguing character whose actions influence…show more content…
As she has been the so-called "foot" her entire life, she has never been given the opportunity to assert herself or act under her own self-interest. It is an injustice to Miranda that she has never been given the resources to choose her path in life. The domination of Miranda by Prospero and the other male characters left her little opportunity for self-knowledge, self-awareness, and self-expression. All that she knows of herself is what has been told to her by her father. It is therefore difficult to characterize the limited self -power in which she possesses. "But you are a Princess...for how else does one address the daughter of a Prince? I cannot leave you in ignorance any longer. Milan is the city of your birth, and the city where for many years I was the Duke," (Césaire 6) says Prospero at the time he feels is convenient to inform Miranda of her past . It is easy to pity the isolated island life she leads, where her father's protection neared imprisonment. Even the unscrupulous bunch who land on the island following the storm intrigue her, as newness is so foreign to the stagnant island life. That interest is cause for concern; and shows Miranda's representation of the perils of innocence. For, where will her boundaries lie when she is no longer protected by her father's hand? Will she be harmed or will her book knowledge

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