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My Reading of "The Tempest"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 17.0756  Thursday, 31 August 2006

[1] 	From: 	TJ Sellari <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 29 Aug 2006 23:02:23 +0800
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0748 My Reading of "The Tempest"

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	Date: 	Tuesday, 29 Aug 2006 13:19:22 -0400
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 17.0748 My Reading of "The Tempest"

[3] 	From: 	Nabie Swaray <
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	Date: 	Tuesday, 29 Aug 2006 16:28:08 -0700 (PDT)
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From: 		TJ Sellari <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 29 Aug 2006 23:02:23 +0800
Subject: 17.0748 My Reading of "The Tempest"
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0748 My Reading of "The Tempest"

Joe Egert writes:

 >But, my dear Swaray, isn't Caliban what Prospero wants to be?

What do you contend Prospero wants to be? What is Caliban? I suspect 
only vague or unjustifiably narrow answers to these questions will allow 
a positive answer to the one above.

Tom Sellari

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From: 		Larry Weiss <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 29 Aug 2006 13:19:22 -0400
Subject: 17.0748 My Reading of "The Tempest"
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0748 My Reading of "The Tempest"

Joe Egert asks,

 >isn't Caliban what Prospero wants to be?

I assume he means "Wasn't Caliban what Prospero wanted to be before he 
was educated," that is, did Prospero crave existence in the state of 
nature.  I think the answer is most assuredly not.  It seems to me that 
Prospero is the quintessential inward man, most content to read and 
reflect (e.g., "I lov'd my books") and not inclined to forage.  An 
uneducated savage in the state of nature would not be what he sought to 
emulate.

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From: 		Nabie Swaray <
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Date: 		Tuesday, 29 Aug 2006 16:28:08 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: 17.0748 My Reading of "The Tempest"
Comment: 	Re: SHK 17.0748 My Reading of "The Tempest"

Hello Mr. Egert: Thanks for responding to my last reflection on: My 
Reading of "The Tempest." I meant to say natural and man-made disasters. 
That is the only correction I will make. As far as my reinterpreting 
Shakespeare's "The Tempest," I stick to my opinion and my adaptations 
will force others to rethink their interpretation of the play when its 
historic and political content are taken as a reflection of what has 
happened and continues to happen in the continent of Africa. I will not 
only focus on the conquest of the Europeans in Africa but also that of 
the Arabs who are often mistaken as Africans, and their alien 
religion-Islam-as an African religion. Time will unfold how redundant 
and laughable these assumptions are. Because, when it comes to the 
treatment of Africans, the Arabs are as guilty as the European 
conquerors. Shakespeare's "The Tempest" has never been so relevant and 
appropriate in analysing Africa's woes and tragedies. What makes you 
think that Prospero wants to become Caliban or return to a state of 
nature that does not enhance the quality and intellect of Man and 
existence.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read my assertions.

Nabie.

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