The Tempest Response by: Magma Demanding The question Discoveries often require individuals to reconsider their perspective and develop a new understanding of the world around them. Examine this statement in relation to your prescribed text and at least ONE related text.
Prescribed text: The Tempest, William Shakespeare, 1611 (play) Related text: Dead poets society, peter weir 1989 (film) Conceptual opening that also addresses the focus Of the question Introduction of both the set and related texts within a conceptual framework The nature of discovery entails a journey that is transformation and concerns one’s relationship with one’s self or one’s world. Discoveries can be either sought or serendipitous and can lead to good or bad consequences, but ultimately they are all concerned with the acquisition of greater knowledge and a new perspective.
In William Shakespearean The Tempest, Prospers comes to realism not only the limitations of his art, but also the importance of love and redemption in redefining one’s place in the world, as well as one’s view of it. Peter Weirs Dead Poets Society represents the importance of new perspectives on the familiar in order to realism the self, in the face of inflicting and controlling forces.
The topic sentence and the nature of the discovery Close analysis of language – tone of regret Close textual references to support the topic sentence Reference to dramatic tech issues The Tempest, as its title suggests, is partly concerned with the forces of nature, but mostly it is about the need for the liberating and redemptive power of forgiveness in the face of man’s inhumanity towards man. Prospers conjures a storm, with Riel’s forced assistance, that brings to the island those who have wronged him. The scene seems set for a revenge plot to unfold.
However, we soon discover that Prospers has changed in the 1 2 years that he has been exiled on the island. He realizes that he is as much to blame for his exile as his treacherous brother Antonio to whom he relegated his ducal responsibilities in order to pursue his selfish interests: ‘And to my state grew stranger, being transported/And rapt in secret studies. ‘ Just as Miranda discovers her true identity, her history and her future husband, Prospers has discovered his error and will return to Milan a wiser, more forgiving and less self-indulgent ruler: ‘I’ll break my staff, / Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, /
And deeper than did ever plummet sound/ I’ll drown my book. ‘ Through the dramatic device of the masque and Ariel (music) he comes to see that even on the island his powers are unable to change those unwilling to change (Stephan, Trujillo, Sebastian and Clinical), just as he has realized his powers did not prevent his exile from Milan, and comes to accept the need for himself to change his perspective on human nature; one that sees it as a combination of both Clinical and Ariel, evil and good, chaos and harmony. Ultimately he comes to realism that his powers are based on illusions.
Related text introduced in connection to question Implicit difference with set text The catalyst for changing perspective is introduced Close reference to a scene Representation of the tension be;en old and new perspectives The last sentence returns to the question highlighting implicitly another difference between the texts By contrast Dead Poets Society is set in Walton Academy where those who choose to enter its halls are forced to have a particular world view and a particular niche in life; one consistent with the view of success that entails ivy-league universities, high-status professions ND material lifestyles.
The arrival of John Keating ironically himself a graduate of Walton, destabilize this world view by exposing the students ready to follow him to notions of curiosity, mystery, poetry and personal fulfillment. Their journey begins with the vandalism of their poetry textbooks. Keating then moves out of the classroom only to turn the trophy cabinet, a symbol of Welter’s values, on its head by focusing rather on notions of potential, carper diem and the transience of life.
Tradition, Honor, Discipline and Excellence’, the four pillars of Walton are soon challenged by the reminisces of the Dead Poets Society: freedom, self-expression, passion and integrity. Furthermore, the conflicting setting becomes a secret cave with its symbols of rebellion: poetry, smoking, saxophone and girls.
Keating challenges the boys to see things from a new perspective by having them literally stand on their desks; he trains them at football accompanied by poetry and non-dietetic classical music; he teaches them in the courtyard; he tells them that ‘words and language can change the world’; and, most importantly, he challenges them to discover their emotions and to express heir passions. However, Keating also discovers that ‘unorthodox teaching practices’ designed to highlight the ‘dangers of conformity’ have their own price. He is forced to leave Walton, but his legacy will remain with those whose eyes and hearts have been opened.
The tables that provided them with a platform from which to see their classroom differently, are now used as plinths upon which Settings real achievements, his disciples, in this pyrrhic victory are to be found; none of them will ever see the world and themselves in the same way. Topic sentence introduces another kind of discovery Love as the basis of moving forward rather than revenge Similarly, with the arrival of the ‘survivors’ on the island, Miranda discovers a ‘brave new world’ populated by creatures other than the few she has known.
Most importantly, however, as a fifteen-year-old girl on the verge of womanhood, she discovers a new kind of love: ‘l might call him / A thing divine; for nothing natural/l ever saw so noble. ‘ Ferdinand, the son of the King of Naples, the enemy and co-conspirator in Prosperous usurpation and exile, is the man Prospers has chosen for Miranda and as the vehicle for his return. Miranda is on the verge of a new life and Prospers is about to return to his old one transformed.
Despite her sheltered existence and without her father’s powers and books, Miranda already realizes what Prospers has for so long refused to accept: ‘Good wombs have borne bad sons. ‘ Clearly she is ready to return to the real world and to discover more. Returns to related text and explores the complex nature of discovery Reference to particular scene and cinematographic techniques Through Settings influence, Neil Perry comes to see the limitations of the world his ether wants for him: ‘You’re going to Harvard and you’re going to be a doctor’.
However, Nil’s father discovers the consequences of forcing Neil to live a false life too late and he must live on without him. For Neil, the price of discovering his new perception of himself and the world around him is his own life. His final words as Puck are directed to his father and embody the hope of achieving the kind of forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation that Prospers achieves on his stage, the island. The energize delight of discovery and the joy of self-actualization is visible on the close-up of is face as the curtain closes on the applause for his performance of puck.
Conceptual conclusion that relates to the question Both texts revisited to highlight central similarities and differences: importance of discovery but varied outcomes Comparative observation The nature and legacy of any discovery can be complex, diverse and transformation on both personal and global levels, confirming the inter- relatedness of inner and outer worlds. The Tempest moves from the discovery of an uncharted island and the creatures that inhabit it to the equally important discovery of the power of love and forgiveness in a world dad imperfect by man.
The discovery of metaphysical realities continues in Dead Poets Society through the representation of relationships that seek to control and shape the lives of others in accordance with existing expectations devoid of any recognition of individual differences. Whilst essentially different in their endings, both texts represent the liberating nature of the discovery of self, our limitations and our potential. In short, discovery is an unending journey that transcends time and place because it reflects our need to find personal meaning in our world.