Both Shakespeare and Cesaire accentuate the greed of Europeans in their plays, exspressing their view point on colonization

. However, Cesaire is more obvious in his approach to exposing it. A comparison of the two plays demonstrates that Cesaire's version, written in the late 1960's, is written as a confrontation of Shakespeare's play, He is successful at this attempt by changing the point of view of the story. Cesaire transforms the characters and transposes the scenes to reveal Shakespeare·s Prospero as the exploitative European power and Caliban and Ariel as the exploited natives. Cesaire·s A Tempest is an effective response to Shakespeare·s The Tempest because he interprets it from the perspective of the colonized which then raises conflict between the two. In The Tempest by William Shakespeare one might argue that colonialism is a reoccurring theme throughout the play because of the slave-master relationship between Ariel and Caliban and Prospero, on the other hand Cesaire's agenda is to show Prospero as the exploitative usurper of Caliban's self-determinism and Caliban as the oppressed native asserting his right to freedom. Cesaire accomplishes his project by using language common with civil rights activists, as well as by embellishing Shakespeare's characters to strengthen supporting characteristics. In Cesaire's Tempest, Prospero is drawn as a slave-driving exploiter, preying on Caliban's weaknesses and using his magic to deprive Caliban of his freedom. Here Prospero demonstrates the inferiority complex Unlike Shakespeare's Tempest, Prospero has no uplifting or generous characteristics. He is instead reduced to greed and hunger for power, evidently This relationship supports the theme that power is not reciprocal.

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