More than anything else, imaginative journeys are about the process of speculation. Do you agree?
Argue your point of view.
Imaginative journeys take us from the reality now and transfer us into unreal existences or different worlds that not only entertain us, but help us to learn more about the world we inhabit and ourselves. This journey requires the process of speculation and contemplation. In texts, the imaginative journey involves speculation from the composer as well as the responder or audience. “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare is a play which allows the audience to speculate and embark on an imaginative journey with the characters of the play in order to both entertain and enlighten them. Other imaginary texts such as “Ground hog day” directed by Harold Ramis and the picture book “where the wild things are” by Maurice Sendak seek to portray the transformative nature of imaginative journeys and the change in self that can occur through experiences and speculation.
“The tempest” was Shakespeare’s last play written during the early 1600’s, at a time where colonial expansion was at its peak. Britain at the time was colonizing many new nations and the discovery of the ‘new world’ and the Americas led to numerous colonies being established around the Bermuda area. Throughout the play, it is apparent to see the references Shakespeare makes to these colonial ideas and this can be seen through the characters, setting and themes of the play. The character of Caliban can be viewed as an allusion to the natives of many of the colonized countries. The reaction towards him by the other characters is used to criticize the belief at the time that natives where uncivilized, uneducated and barbaric. Insults such as “abhorred slave” and “a thing most brutish” suggests the feelings of the European colonialists. The setting of “the tempest” is never made clear during the play yet it can be suggested that it is a Mediterranean version of the Bermudas. This setting is also used to highlight the expansion into that region during that time. The themes of the tempest are also used to criticize society at the time. He depicts themes such as exploration resulting in exploitation of natives such as Caliban. Another theme is one of power where by Prospero’s power is originally usurped by his brother yet dramatic irony is used to show that prospero in turn usurps the power of Caliban in ruling the island. This is a reference to Shakespeare’s context. Shakespeare uses these elements which are assisted by the imaginative power of a play, to make the audience speculate on these ideas as they embark on an imaginative journey.
Shakespeare uses the imaginative journey to allow for speculation. He uses many techniques to convey his messages effectively as well compelling speculation by the audience. The structure of the play invites the audience to follow the progress of the characters and journey with them. The main plots are unified by the main element of Prospero’s magic, which catalysis all the main events of the play.
Dramatic techniques such as stage directions and dialogue are used to draw the audience into the play. For example during the tempest scene, chaotic action can be seen by the sailors running around the deck of the apparent sinking boat. The pandemonium is conveyed by the sharp orders and violent curses in the dialogue. The sound effects such as thunder adds to the realism, and lighting would be used for spectacular scenes. This combination of dramatic techniques and the interaction of the imagination of the audience allows for the beginning of an imaginative journey.
‘The Tempest” is also considered to be one of Shakespeare’s most poetic and he uses many poetic techniques to assist in creating a sense of imaginative journey. Imagery is shown throughout the play along with metaphors, similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia and analogy. For example Ariel’s account of the shipwreck, especially his part in having...
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