A Rebel against Colonization A Comparative Study of Cesaire’s Caliban in A Tempest with Shakespeare's Caliban in the Tempest

Yuehua Guo


This thesis makes a comparative study of French playwright Aime Cesaire’s A Tempest and Shakespeare’s The Tempest to present the conflicts between two important characters in both plays, Prospero and Caliban. By analyzing the relationship between the two characters, it is easily acknowledged that the relationship between the two characters is that of the colonizer and the colonized, which is the main theme of the two plays. However, the author points out that Cesaire’s Caliban is different from Shakespeare’s Caliban in that Cesaire’s Caliban incarnates the rebellious image of the colonized people in a more vivid way and proves to be more powerful than Shakespeare’s Caliban in their struggle against colonization for liberty, freedom, and equality.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/ass.v4n2p13

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