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Caliban's Island
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1425  Tuesday, 30 August 2005

From: 		Bill Arnold <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 30 Aug 2005 06:34:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 16.1411 Caliban's Island
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1411 Caliban's Island

David Lindley quotes, 'Of course the Bermudas remain central to The 
Tempest'.

Then David Lindley writes, "Sorry, no, they don't. The Bermoothes are 
mentioned in one comment by Ariel as a place from which he was sent to 
'fetch dew' during a speech which refers to the ships of Alonso's 
retinue as 'upon the Mediterranean  float'. The play is clearly set 
somewhere between Naples and Tunis."

A number of authors have shown Homer's The Odyssey was just such a 
shipwrecked trip round the Mediterranean and from my reading of them and 
The Tempest, it does seem that Will Shakespeare could have borrowed from 
The Odyssey.  Any takers of this classic linkage?

Bill Arnold
http://www.cwru.edu/affil/edis/scholars/arnold.htm

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