Tempest: Japan's Attitudes Toward Colonization

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I do not know if it was intentional, but Prospero seems to represent Britain and that countries attitude towards colonization. And Caliban represents the nations that were colonized. For example, Europeans felt that they were doing the “savages” a favor by dominating them because they educated and civilized them, which is exactly how Prospero felt about Caliban – who was viewed as a monster. Prospero tells Caliban, “I pitied thee, took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each hour one thing or other, when thou didst not, savage, know thine own meaning” (Shakespeare, 1999). Even though Caliban had his own language that his mother had taught him, to Prospero he was just speaking gibberish. Also, native people who attempted to fight against
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