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Look again at Act one in both texts (The Tempest and Translations') ; compare and contrast the two plays especially in regard to language and communication. Bear in mind the unit is entitled 'Broken Communication'.

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Look again at Act one in both texts; compare and contrast the two plays especially in regard to language and communication. Bear in mind the unit is entitled 'Broken Communication'. 'The Tempest' begins with a enormous storm and signifies a great change for the people of the island, but we do not learn until later on in the play that it is Prospero who has caused the storm so that the characters on the ship will be brought to the island. The opening scene is very dramatic and shows the inner turmoil and change that will occur for the characters involved, whereas it is also quite confusing for the audience as we are not aware of what significance the storm has, and what has caused it until later. Characters run frantically about in this scene and we are unaware of their purpose; the audience is not communicated well at the beginning as we are left uninformed of the situation. ...read more.


As he did not communicate as well with his subjects and got lost in his books and the power they gave him, this gave his brother Antonio the opportunity to usurp him. He said, "I, thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicated to closeness and the bettering of my mind." There is also a sense of Broken communication when the English are translating the Irish place names in 'Translations. Owen translates Lancey's orders but does not translate them correctly so everyone becomes confused at what Lancey wants. Owen says, "Did I make a mess of it?" Manus says, "You weren't saying what Lancey was saying!" In 'Translations' Yolland and Maire share an intimate moment having left the dance. They express their love for one another without understanding the words either is speaking. Their communication is broken as they do not understand each other verbally but they understand each other on a deeper level. The character of Caliban shows the importance of language and how it can be used as a weapon. ...read more.


Translations' shows the idea of how language is important to a country and person's identity as in the play all the Irish place names are changed into their English equivalent. When the soldiers have to take each of the Gaelic names and anglicise it, either by changing it into the approximate English sound or translate it into the English word, they feel they have had their identity taken away from them. Without a cultural background, or if people have their cultural identity taken away from them, they feel they have lost a sense of the person they are. Owen says, "My job is to translate the quaint, archaic tongue you people persist in speaking into the King's good English." This quotation shows how the English do not see the Irish as civilised people because they speak a different language that they do not understand. They think that they are doing the Irish a great favour and making them more civilised by Anglicising their places names and teaching them English. They do not realise they are taking away the Irish's identity and background. ...read more.

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