The Tempest And Christopher Columbus Analysis

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Known for producing the world’s most well-known explorer and colonizer, Christopher Columbus, Italy was no stranger to the concept of slavery which was unjustly propagated unto the natives of the island by Prospero in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1603) and Aime Cesaire’s A Tempest (1969). Just as the European culture was forced unto the inhabitants of “discovered” lands, Prospero made it his duty to enforce such a standard unto the island natives. To any European in the 18th century, being black served as a diabolic symbol of a person who could not be refined but only improved by the imposition of European language and culture. With the triangular slave trade already in effect, one must not be surprised at the objective of Prospero as he became blinded by power and authority. Prospero operated in the three facets of power relation, as did Columbus. He attacked the social, psychological and cultural facets of the natives as was able to thwart them to his good pleasure. In attacking the social facet, Prospero threatened the class system that was already in effect on the island. After fleeing from Italy, he no longer belonged to a specific class and sought to regain a regal position by taking control of those he encountered on the island. In attacking the psychological facet, Prospero used his power of influence to persuade others to change the way they think or redirect their morality. This influence on morality can be seen when Ariel returns from performing a task for

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