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“the Play’s Spectacular Action Asserts the Power and Value of Theatre.” by Exploring the Dramatic Effects of ‘the Tempest’, Evaluate This View. Essay

  • Submitted by: okiedokiereally
  • on April 16, 2015
  • Category: English
  • Length: 796 words

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Williams Shakespeare’s 1611 play of “the stuff that dreams are made on” is perhaps one of the most striking of its time in terms of theatricality and the spectacle. Arguably characters and plotlines within ‘The Tempest’ are marginalised in order to draw the focus towards these dramatics, however although the physical power of these scenes set audiences in awe, they lack depth and meaning which gives the play a sense of fabrication and falsehood.
Shakespeare’s focus on the spectacle and theatrics of the play are almost impossible to deny. His island which “bears no allegiance to time and space” provides a playground in which he can channel his theatrical prowess. This is done predominantly through the masque scene, which is considered to have been inserted specifically for King James’ daughter’s wedding, paralleling with Claribel’s own. Immediately, this diminishes any meaning to be found within the masque, as Shakespeare caters to a gentile audience with not a need but a desire to be impressed. His spectacle serves to further pronounce the differences between those of different socioeconomic backgrounds, asserting the intrinsically hierarchical society of the time, which is further represented between the direct juxtaposition of Alonso and the “abhorred slave” Caliban. The masque scene is the centre of the spectacle, and although Debord argues that “power asserts itself through the spectacle”, the scene appears flat, lacking in moral purpose or any sense of power apart from superficial amazement. Perhaps this is Shakespeare’s subtle point to the audience: attempting to control art will result in disastrous consequences. Indeed, this appears as a microcosm through Prospero. His attempt to manipulate other characters, controlling their movements and placement on the island is noted, as the dramatic irony of his observations of other characters exemplifies, and immediately the narrative appears disjointed, lacking any climactic scenes. This fabrication points...

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  • Submitted by: okiedokiereally
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