Theme Of Feminism In The Tempest

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In Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama Ania Loomba discusses William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest looking through postcolonial and gender problem criticism point of view. In her book Loomba points out “The harshness of the colonial conflict cannot be stressed by ignoring the complexity of the adversaries” (157). Looking at the characteristics of female and black oppressed characters as Caliban, Sycorax, and Miranda she explores the cruelty and affection of colonialism. By exploring post-colonialism and feminism, Loomba also argues that there are stereotypes in the play and the author believes this kind of duality in the play in the play reveals Shakespeare's offer to critique the major ideas of that timing.
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Like Sycorax is the opposition of Prospero, with her “black feminity” she is also opposed to Miranda, contrasting with her “passive purity” (150). Through the entire play, Miranda is seen as under the absolute control of her father. According to Ania Loomba, “In the colonial situation, patriarchalism makes specific, and often apparently contradictory demands of its “own” women” (153). Prospero is trying to watch Miranda’s every move, by commanding her when to sleep or talk, and also wanting Miranda to participate in the colonial action. As Loomba stresses out, “Editors of The Tempest have often sought to transfer Miranda’s verbal assault on Caliban beginning “Abhorred slave” (1.2.354-365) to Prospero on the grounds that Miranda is too delicate and not philosophical enough to speak so harshly … On the contrary, these lines underline Miranda’s implication in the colonialist project. She has been taught to be revolted by Caliban”(154). From this point, it reveals the Miranda’s impossibility to improve her will at any point through entire play, although Miranda expressing her will concern Ferdinand, but also with her father’s permission. Loomba says, “Miranda thus conforms to the dual requirements of femininity within the master-culture; by taking on aspects of the white man’s burden the white woman only confirmed her own subordination” (154). Miranda could be concerned as
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