Posted by MB on December 05, 1997 at 10:10:40:
In response to The Tempest, written by Janie on December 05, 1997 at 01:21:00
] In S&S, Marianne is obsessed with Shakespeare and things like him. She quotes things from the temptest. My english class is studing shakespear and we will need to read something of shakespeare. My question is what is the temptest about and do you think I should read it? Is it decent? Is it extremely hard to read, more so than say Romeo and juilet? When I read Barbrara's Men make faults(or something like that) it makes lots of quote like that and I just loved them. They were touching (great job barbrara!!) If I like that, would I like the temptrest? What do you think?
It's quite in character for Marianne to prefer plays like The Tempest, being so tempestuous herself! I like it for the reasons Mark gave below, but I don't have much patience with the Miranda/Ferdinand romance. They're starstruck but lack the comedy of, say, the equally starstruck lovers in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Now, I'm speaking from a 30's persepective; had I read it along with some of the others I had read in high school, I might have felt differently. And it's fabulous to see performed! As far as being "harder" than Romeo and Juliet, I don't think that it is. There is a little bit of political wrangling which could get confusing, and which makes Prospero's expository speeches in Act One a trifle boring (to me, at least!), but it's worth a try.
I'll be interested to hear what you think!
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