A Tempest by Aime CesaireWell. This was a total waste of my time. I get it, its making a point to the reader. But what a way to pervert an old play and make it something nothing like the original! I get it. Its emphasizing the theme of colonization. But REALLY. *Facepalms* I found nothing amusing about this re-interpretation of Shakespeares The Tempest at all. As far as Im concerned, Cesaire is another one of those jackass political-message driven guys who decided that his greatest gift to the world would be to write crap like this to prove a point.
Point made. Im about ready to toss this book in the trash. Its not worth a scratch or even an itch.
First off, the man has some grand lines--and theyre all given to Caliban. Every other character is so stereotypically one-sided that its clear he was using them only as representations of what he saw in colonizers, white men, and so on. Again: got it, Cesaire. Also: dont really give a rip! The writing was plain, the poetry was rot, the man has no sense of continuity--if you hadnt read Shakespeares original, The Tempest, youd be more than a little lost with the transitions (or should I say, lack thereof) he makes. It was just a mess. An ugly piece of writing in quality, not even based on the subject. But God, the stereotyping, the concentration on nothing but getting a single flippin point across! GAH! This is why I dont enjoy most English programs! Whatever you read has always got a MESSAGE. And Im sick of it.
If Cesaire had written something well, without this speedy and careless tone and manner of piecing words together throughout the play, then perhaps it would have carried its point better! But even if it had been written well, the entire POINT was to write the play BADLY so that every single crude stereotype showed up harshly and blatantly apparent. GEEZ its annoying reading works like this! Making fun of The Tempest? Fine. I can live with that. Writing badly to prove a political point? Just shorts out whatever patience I have.
This book, quite frankly, can be burned and I wouldnt bat an eyelash. Id probably scowl and walk away after watching it disintegrate. Its so short, and so easy to read, but really. Why bother? If you want to read something more complex, go to Shakespeares actual play. Its much more fun to analyze and pick apart the characters there.
OH. And speaking of the CHARACTERS! I dont appreciate how Cesaire played with their personalities. You want to emphasize how stupid Stephano and Trinculo are even more? Fine, go ahead. They were like that before. You want to make Gonzalo seem like a dolt because hes the sole optimist in the bunch? I can live with that. But where do you come off taking Prospero--who in the original Tempest, didnt even take Caliban seriously when he narrowly escaped being caught and killed by him--and making him into this blatant wuss of a character, more weak than Trinculo and Stephano are greedy, bumbling idiots? And on top of that! Okay, play up Calibans character! Make him the hero of this story! Thats fine! Its usually really amazing when you get to read the same story from a completely different characters point of view! I love stories like that! And you did a GREAT job of making Caliban regal and noble, tough and strong. He was a GOOD hero character. ...but he had too many holes. He contradicted himself a couple of times. He refused to take into consideration any other path but his own. And, what the heck, really? Do we have to bring in being a black slave into this? *Rolls eyes* Come on. Drop it. Its over. If people stopped constantly talking about it, then we wouldnt be having PROBLEMS with this stuff! Sheesh. Also: Ariel. ...what... did you do... to my FAVORITE character?! Why is Ariel so Lets all be FRIENDS, guys! 8D and crap?! In the original, he was a character that was distant from everyone, with a conscience and a brain; he did what he had to do for himself, and he was mysterious, cool, collected! Hes just another wishful (and the reader is made to think: pathetic) slave who obeys his master, hoping (apparently uselessly) to be someday rewarded with his freedom. ...COME ON! In the original he was more an ALLY to Prospero, standing on the same ground as him, than a slave! GAH. Sure he obeyed Prospero because of his indebtedness to him! But the magical Ariel also stood on the same ground, with powers on the same level as Prosperos! They were EQUALS and Ariel was far more capable and competent in the original! DX< Gah! I hate it when people mess with characters that I love!
So I ranted there for a bit. But its just ticked me off. I dont mind parodies. And I certainly dont mind getting a different view of things on the same subject. But my biggest peeve was that I couldnt enjoy the story, or the characters, because all I kept getting out of it was the POLITICS. And as much as I might know a thing or two about politics, I dont want to have it shoved down my throat! D8< ESPECIALLY when Im reading someones MESSAGE at the price of the ruin of an entertaining story and some pretty dang fun characters too! -3- If you want to, pick it up. But its substandard writing, and Im not even talking message-wise. Just writing-wise its poor work. You want to give it a go? Sure. Take a whirl. But Ill be surprised if you enjoy it. Theres very little in it to be either entertained by, learn from, or care about. Its just there, wasting my time and bookshelf space! And on that note, review is finished! On to something better (I hope)!
A Tempest: Based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, Adaptation for a Black Theatre Summary & Study Guide
It is an adaptation of Shakespeare 's The Tempest from a postcolonial perspective. It later played in Avignon and Paris. Both have been enslaved by Prospero, though Caliban was the ruler of the island before Prospero's arrival. Caliban and Ariel react differently to their situation. Caliban favors revolution over Ariel's non-violence, and rejects his name as the imposition of Prospero's colonizing language, desiring to be called X. Ariel, meanwhile, contents himself with asking Prospero to consider giving him independence.
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Brief Production History of The Tempest. The Royal Shakespeare Company offers a short-and-sweet history of important productions of The Tempest. Although brief, this article offers readers a sense of how the look, feel, and meaning of the play has transformed over the four hundred years since its premiere. The First Night of The Tempest. In this article, Professor Gordon McMullan uses a combination of descriptions and images to recreate a sense of what the opening night of The Tempest would have looked, felt, and sounded like to its London audience in or
A Tempest. It is written as a postcolonial response to The Tempest by William Shakespeare. The story is the same: a big storm, an angry Duke who's been usurped by his brother, all the devoted courtesans, and, of course, the natives. This play deals mostly with the natives, Ariel and Caliban. It is Cesaire's comment on the colonization of the "New World. About the author: Aime Cesaire was born in Martinique in