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“Drama Shows Us That Those Who Control Language Dictate the Events of the Play” Compare Your Texts In the Light of This Opinion.

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Introduction

"DRAMA SHOWS US THAT THOSE WHO CONTROL LANGUAGE DICTATE THE EVENTS OF THE PLAY" COMPARE YOUR TEXTS IN THE LIGHT OF THIS OPINIION.................................................. Norman Fairclough, a modern linguist, proclaimed that "language is power," implying that if you want to control a person or gain power over a nation, you must first control language. The writers of "The Tempest" and "Translations" clearly demonstrate this theme of control through the initial gaining and then maintenance of power through language............................... Both plays share the capacity to combine comedy and tragedy, although Translations is not a tragicomedy like The Tempest. Translations summarises the events of a nation being conquered by another, dwelling on the tragedy of Irish history over the course of several hundred years. Hugh, the school master, tells us that "It is not the literal past, the "facts" of history that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language...we must never cease renewing these images." Shakespeare, on the other hand, isn't inclined to use history, preferring rather to incorporate a fairy tale ambiance into such issues as language and power. ...read more.

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Like Hugh, Prospero confidently expresses linguistic and magical authority, "my art" and "my project."................................... Shakespeare displays a similar degree of latitude and coherence to Friel in his language and structure, opposing the negligent comments made of Prospero and Caliban with Lytton Strachey. In the opening scene, Gonzalo uses words such as "thou" to the Boatswain but receives "you" back, stressing the gap in power. Act 1, Scene 2 demonstrates the strongest example of Prospero's power over the "monster" Caliban. It is worth considering critics' view that Prospero is a magician. "It was mine art, when I arrived and heard thee, that made gape. The pine, and let thee out." This displays a certain power through magical language. Shakespeare's inspiration with regard to magic came from a widespread belief that there often seemed no natural explanation for events by people living in a harsh society with limited language. A more conventional method used by Shakespeare is his use of the personal pronoun "I" for Prospero. ...read more.

Conclusion

Yolland is portrayed as a figure of comedy for Irish audiences because he refuses to acknowledge any of the realities and difficulties of Irish life at the time......................................................... He has little power because he has no classical learning and appears weak and inarticulate throughout. Friel echoes Steiner's view that that the conversion of a people from one language to another suggests that the people are being integrated with another tribe so that they have no privacies of their own................................................................................................................................................. To conclude, it is fair to argue that "those who control language dictate the events of the play" when looking at both Hugh and Prospero in The Tempest and Translations, until the resolutions of each play. Hugh faces unemployment when he is told he will have no future as headmaster. His attempts to relate how the Romans destroyed Catharge also end in disaster, as he cannot remember the lines. In The Tempest, Shakespeare takes the common route of a tragicomedy by closing on a happy note. There is freedom for the released Ariel and a chance for Caliban to control his island once more. ...read more.

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