Vol. 1, Issue 6 (2014)
Man and the wild: An ecocritical interpretation of Shakespeare's the tempest
Author(s): Jagdeep Hooda
Abstract: The interlock of the ordinary landscape and life has been a theme of study for many researchers across the sphere. This is because the corporeal atmosphere plays an inherent fraction in influential the human beingâ€™s personality, behaviour, sacrament and traditions of life. William Shakespeareâ€™s The Tempest has additional shades to it separately from being just a countrified romance and eco criticism is one such important shade. This study investigates the correlation between man and the surroundings and more specifically man and the â€˜natural orderâ€™ which can be implicit by studying the correlation between Prospero and Caliban. Shakespeareâ€™s interpretation of the connection of man and character in The Tempest has been broadly examined. Caliban has often been referred to as the â€œnatural manâ€ in an Elizabethan civilization who develops into an implement in demonstrate the hierarchy of God, King, man, woman and beast. My apprehension here is not the hierarchy while I have used Prosperoâ€™s personality as the spokesperson of the revitalization man and Calibanâ€™s personality as the representative of the backwoods in general. I have essentially concentrating on the assorted conceptions of current ecocriticism which have been undoubtedly acceptable by the Prospero-Caliban connection. Essential interpretation of The Tempest have often publicized Prospero (modern man) to be the advanced person who materializes triumphant in the end but I have disproved this opinion by prominence the statement that Caliban, the beast in the disguise of being the concealed, inferior one rises up to the altitude of remaining indomitable, by eliminating â€˜civilizationâ€™.