out of 5
Review by Nick
This is the first time that I had actually read The Tempest after seeing it a couple of times. My experience reading it was not too special. I say that because this novel to me at least, was not typical Shakespeare. Neither the content nor the structure was as good as I had hoped. As far as the way that the play was written, there are too many points in the play where there are too many people talking and it gets confusing while reading it. In Act 2, there are at least 4 or 5 people talking amongst each other in successive lines. When being performed, this is obviously not important, but for someone who is simply reading a play, especially with the language of a Shakespeare play, it is hard to keep track of who is saying what. The one thing I enjoyed while reading the play, especially after discussing it in class, was how this play may have been a precursor to the discourse of colonialism. There are many examples of colonialism in The Tempest. The most important one is with Prospero and Sycorax because there is a binary opposition related to it. Sycorax, who is a witch of dark magic, is also a woman and harnesses nature as her source of power. Prospero, on the other hand, â€œcolonizedâ€ Sycoraxâ€™s island and killed her. As a result, he enslaved Caliban, her son. I never thought of the Tempest in this context. I always thought that Caliban was just a bitter young man. However, thanks to the discourse of the phenomenon of colonial discourse, I appreciate this play much more.