In what way is The Tempest related to modern time in our life?

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A post-colonialist reading of The Tempest has been popular among scholars for a number of years. It has the advantage of contemporary relevance and can therefore tell us a great deal about modern life. On this reading, Prospero is presented as a proto-colonialist who's taken over a foreign island and proceeded to subject its indigenous population—in this case Caliban—to his unbending rule. Prospero is cruel to Caliban, treating him as little more than a slave. Caliban is encountered by his self-appointed lord and master as "The Other," a mysterious, barbarous creature who must be tamed and controlled.

This stands as a critique for how Westerners often perceive other cultures. Prospero gives Caliban the gift of language, in much the same way as the English language spread throughout the world on account of the British Empire. Yet Caliban's ability to speak the same language as Prospero simply serves to make it easier for him to understand and obey orders. As with colonialism and its...

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