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Professor Rhonda Sanford ENGLISH 3573-3 Assignment 9 pt 2 Postcolonial Discourse Embedded within The Tempest From a postcolonial perspective, Shakespeare establishes an ideal situation for an isolated situation of domination between the colonizer and the people colonized on the forgotten island on the sea. The island inhabitants prior to the arrival of the shipwrecked Italians already establish this colonial situation. Prospero is a figure of domination over his subjects enslaving Caliban and he is the master of his daughter and Ariel, the supernatural character of the play. William Crashaw’s Sermon: “A New Year’s Gift to Virginia” is an example of the imperial colonial ideal of reform over the “savages” or “heathens” inhabiting the land prior to the imperialist arrival. It is the role of the more civilized colonizer to civilize the savages and impose new systems of living over the native. This is demonstrated through Prospero’s relationship to Caliban and Ariel. Stephen Greenblatt asserts in “The Use of Salutary Anxiety in
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