The Tempest - 'Variety of Interpretations'

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The Tempest has been seen amongst other things as a statement by Shakespeare about the end of his writing life, as an allegory about the effects of colonialism and as an illustration of the difficulty or real communication. The variety of interpretations of The Tempest show that texts are capable of being explored in different ways. Explore The Tempest in the light of the idea that texts are capable of a ‘variety of interpretations’. 4

The Tempest has been seen amongst other things as a statement by Shakespeare about the end of his writing life, as an allegory about the effects of colonialism and as an illustration of the difficulty or real communication. The variety of interpretations of The Tempest show that texts are capable of being explored in different ways. Explore The Tempest in the light of the idea that texts are capable of a ‘variety of interpretations’.

Texts are most certainly capable of being interpreted in different ways, and these interpretations will vary from person to person and in fact, throughout time. For instance, Shakespeare’s contemporary audience would have interpreted ‘The Tempest’ differently than a modern day audience, as morals and ideals have changed dramatically.

 

Some people have interpreted the play ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare as a means of reflecting the writer’s own views and beliefs. For instance, many critics believe that ‘The Tempest’ was one of the last plays to be written by Shakespeare, and so it has bee...

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