Laurie Maguire

Oct 23, 2023

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" Part 2: Characters and Questions

A Discussion with Laurie Maguire

New Books Network 2023

With Professor Laurie Maguire, Part 2 explores the play’s many ambiguities — its uncertain geography, mental space, and genre — and how they reflect the play’s ethical ambiguities. Does Prospero contrast with or resemble the “foul witch” who was Caliban’s mother, or the brother who betrayed him for the sake of power? Is he a figure of spiritual regeneration or of colonization? We also look more closely at Prospero’s relationship with Caliban and with Ariel, another servant in bondage, who forces Prospero to look at his humanity in a new way.

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