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In this essay, I will be comparing the soliloquies and asides placed in the adaptation of William Shakespeares The Tempest by Julie Taymor in 2008-10.

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Soliloquies and Asides In this essay, I will be comparing the soliloquies and asides placed in the adaptation of William Shakespeare's The Tempest by Julie Taymor in 2008-10. A soliloquy is a dramatic technique used strategically to allow the audience to hear and see what is going on in a character's mind, almost as if they are thinking aloud. The three scenes that I will be consulting during the course of this question are: 1. Act: 1, Scene: 2, Pages: 45-47, Lines: 329-363 2. Act: 5, Scene: 1, Pages: 173-177, Lines: 32-100 3. Act: 5, Scene: 1, Page: 195, Lines: 1-20 In the original script for this play, the major themes are used to lead the audience through a journey which highlights motifs that arise throughout. This being one of Shakespeare's strengths, that are praised ion his plays, had been left untouched in the adaptation created by Julie Taymor in 2008-10. Furthermore, the soliloquy in Act: 1, Scene: 2, Pages: 45-47, Lines: 329-363, spoken by Caliban to Prospero, is a good example of a dialogue in which a character expresses their emotions to another character in contrast to a monologue. ...read more.


This is evidential in the dialogue in Act: 5, Scene: 1, Pages: 173-177, Lines: 32-100. Hellen Mirren displays attachment to the magical spirit of Ariel. In addition Julie Taymor applies close juxtapositions between Ariel and Prospera to powerfully expose the aptitude of their companionship. On the other hand, Shakespeare hardly shows any strength in the attachment between them. So in the case of dramatic strategies, I believe that the adaptation proved give more importance to the credibility of the bond between Prospero and Ariel as compared to the original. However, the concentration on the dramatic effects crucially disrupted the importance of the speech which allowed the audience to miss the imagery that Shakespeare tries to grow in the audiences mind "A solemn air, and the best comforter to an unsettled fancy, cure thy brains. Now useless, boiled within thy skull." (Act: 5, Scene: 1, Page: 175 Lines: 57-60). Though the imagery doesn't affect the adaptation as it is a movie and leaves very little to the imagination of the audience, and therefore making the use of imagery redundant. ...read more.


Instead, Julie Taymor sheds light on the plea from Prospera in anticipation for proclamation by the viewers. As it was reproduced as a movie rather than a play, the cinematography allows for more attention to be given to Prospera's facial expressions, her juxtapositions and her choreographed gestures. Even though Shakespeare could not write for that, the epilogue gives space for there to be justified assumption of emotions to be made, giving Helen Mirren's performance sentimental value. In conclusion to my comparisons, I believe that both the original and the adaptation have different purposes. The original is a final abode from Shakespeare to the world of literature, which exposes his true ambitions of retiring as well as highlighting the illusion of power. In contrast to that, the adaptation focuses on divulging each character's motifs and feelings, merging that with the gripping graphics and convincingly prominent sets to create an artistically dramatic representation of the original composition. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jay shah English Controlled Assessment Centre Number: 12343 Question 1 The Tempest Candidate Number: 2108 1 | Page ...read more.

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