The Tempest By William Shakespeare

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Modern critique rank’s Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ as one of the most preeminent and descriptive plays addressing the role of colonial power and conquest in literature. One of Shakespeare’s last plays, ‘The Tempest’ explores the direct parallel between the working proletariats and wealthy bourgeois. Therefore the focuses of this paper are the implications of hegemony and class alienation, the commoditization of human subclasses, and the commonalities with “The Tempest” and Shakespeare’s life. The analysis addresses the role of social class, the social context of work, the beneficiaries of work, and the implementation and championing of social value systems. This has relevance because Shakespeare’s focus until ‘The Tempest’ primarily was through the lens of the Elizabethan Renaissance. And in correlation to his personal life, the experience of class dichotomy is a recent occasion for Shakespeare. Like Prospero, Shakespeare was an ingenious performer who created to amuse and enlighten. And characters like Ariel and Caliban align with his brilliance and literary captivity respectively. Shakespeare was born into modest means as his mother was the daughter of an affluent farmer and his father a tradesman. During the Elizabethan era, he was merely a playwright and was low class defined by his career, wealth, and heritage. Thus upward ascension through the classes was strictly governed and extremely rare unless at the bequest of nobility. And it is only after King James I support

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