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7-22-2020

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In recognizing Shakespeare's The Tempest, there is always this question surrounding Prospero's magic. I want to recognize Prospero's magic as real in relation to women. Women within The Tempest ultimately share a suppression. One is the most recognizable Miranda, made subject to her father's traditional senex figure. The second is through Sycorax, this "blue eyed witch" who is only known through the words of men. In branching Miranda and Sycorax, I immediately want to question how much of the evilness of Sycorax is real. To do this "reality check," looking at the discourse which surrounds Sycorax is ultimately fascinating and beneficial. I want to present this branching in a logical way, one which would view Miranda's suppression with her voice actively present. I then move into viewing Sycorax, a woman with no active voice and condemned by men. With this focus on voice, I conceive language as Prospero's magic. Language has the ability of delivering commands and reorganizing history, and with the induction of Prospero, the past of Sycorax becomes redefined as evil.

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Jul 22nd, 12:00 AM

Is it Magic: A Discourse on Women in The Tempest

In recognizing Shakespeare's The Tempest, there is always this question surrounding Prospero's magic. I want to recognize Prospero's magic as real in relation to women. Women within The Tempest ultimately share a suppression. One is the most recognizable Miranda, made subject to her father's traditional senex figure. The second is through Sycorax, this "blue eyed witch" who is only known through the words of men. In branching Miranda and Sycorax, I immediately want to question how much of the evilness of Sycorax is real. To do this "reality check," looking at the discourse which surrounds Sycorax is ultimately fascinating and beneficial. I want to present this branching in a logical way, one which would view Miranda's suppression with her voice actively present. I then move into viewing Sycorax, a woman with no active voice and condemned by men. With this focus on voice, I conceive language as Prospero's magic. Language has the ability of delivering commands and reorganizing history, and with the induction of Prospero, the past of Sycorax becomes redefined as evil.