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    Language, Power and Creativity in “The Tempest”

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    This 3 page paper discusses examples of the power of language and the creativity Shakespeare displays in his play “The Tempest.” Bibliography lists 1 source.

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    that are classified as Romances; the others include The Winters Tale and Cymbeline. The word "Romance" here is not used in the traditional sense of a love relationship, but in  a much broader sense: that of heightened sensibility and grand passions. One of the most common examples of this type of writing is the medieval poem "Sir Gawain and the  Green Knight." It features a noble and courageous young hero, a quest, and a beautiful girl; in addition to supernatural themes and events. Many of these same elements are found  in Shakespeare. Discussion Shakespeare sets his play on Prosperos island and by doing so, simultaneously limits the possible interactions that can take place and creates a strange atmosphere. There is  something inherently mysterious about islands, which can be places of great beauty and peace, or tremendous danger and terror because there is no way to escape. Shakespeare here has made  his island a bit of both: there is always music in the air, but the place is also "strange noises" that terrify the shipwreck victims. But Caliban soothes the sailors  fears in one of the most beautiful speeches in the play; the speech is a fine example of Shakespeares mastery of language, and the power he can invoke through its  use: Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises, / Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. / Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments /  Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices, / That if I then had wakd after long sleep, / Will make me sleep again, and then in dreaming, / The  clouds methought would open, and show riches / Ready to drop upon me, that when I wakd / I cried to dream again" (III.ii.135-143). The fact that this speech 

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