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Shakespearean Challenge: The Tempest!

Posted in Literature by Sandwich on July 16, 2009

I dared myself to read, cover-to-cover, a book/play by William Shakespeare, and, I’ve succeeded! 🙂


The Tempest is a story about a duke who was unseated from power, and was banished to an island.  Years later, with the help of a spirit, he acted out his revenge by staging a storm.  The storm would bring his enemies on his island, and he would let them realize how wrong they were.  In the end, though, he forgave them all.

The play illustrates how people think, feel and act the same way, year 1611 and  year 2009.  There is a man who loves power more than his brother, and advises others to do the same.  There is a father who doesn’t accept the death of his son until he has proof.  There are men who kid around, laughing amongst themselves at what other people are saying and doing.  There are men who get drunk and wasted, and do stupid things.  There are lovers who get cheesy and are very eager to get married, out of love.  There is a man who teaches other men lessons, through careful planning and manipulative skills.  Life before, and life now, is pretty much still the same.  The language changes, though. 😛

It is an interesting read, because though I omitted the details, there’s this part where a girl proposed to a guy:

Miranda: At mine unworthiness, that dare not offer
What I desire to give, much less take
What I shall die to want.  But this is trifling;
And all the more it seeks to hide itself,
The bigger bulk it shows.  Hence, bashful cunning,
And prompt me, plain and holy innocence!
I am your wife, if you will marry me;
If not, I’ll die your maid.  To be your fellow
You may deny me; but I’ll be your servant,
Whether you will or no.

Ferdinand: My mistress, dearest,
And I thus humble ever.

Miranda: My husband then?

Ferdinand: Ay, with a heart as willing
As bondage e’er of freedom. Here’s my hand.

Yun naman ehhh… Panalo!!

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