Caliban Other Essays Retamar
Actually, Cartelli relates Clare to Miranda in her search for identity (Note 2). Caliban's denial of his name and opting to go with "X" instead, much like Malcolm X to shed the name give to him by his master (Note 3).
Clare decides not to use the privilege her light skin affords her and embraces the "Caliban [or the Savage] within." This makes one wonder which one Clare is closer to, Miranda or Caliban? Cesaire hands this one to us thought as if we aren't smart enough to understand his allusion. This play is obviously connected to Shakespeare's The Tempest which is seen more mainstream than perhaps this play would be.
The story is the same: a big storm, an angry Duke who's been usurped by his brother, all the devoted courtesans, and, of course, the natives.
It is written as a postcolonial response to The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
This page was created and maintained by a student, Shawn Rider.
He also has a link to another essay he wrote connecting the Night of the Living Dead to Postcolonial Theory: very interesting.
I no longer feel as Caliban-like as before though I—as the educated white women professor reminds me as she shoots down my ideas because they are inflected by race and sexuality, giving me lower grades on my essays because I write on how whiteness operates in the texts—am still Caliban.
Speaking and writing as these Prosperos do doesn’t make it enough.