Shakespeare's The Tempest: A Modern English Translation

Shakespeare's The Tempest: A Modern English Translation

Shakespeare's The Tempest: A Modern English Translation

Shakespeare's The Tempest: A Modern English Translation

Synopsis

'The Tempest', a short and juicy play, encapsulates many of the dramatic elements that delight admirers of the Shakespearean oeuvre: betrayal, good spirits, evil relations, loyal friends, dramatic plot twists, terrible weather and, of course, love. The play is entertaining and introduces timeless themes such as redemption, the nature of the soul, magic and the supernatural, and art's imitation of life (and vice versa). The story itself shows us the essence of the traditional Italian commedia dell'arte.Yet Shakespeare perplexes many modern readers. Students in English classes across the country are asked to read literature which is, in essence, written in a foreign language. This modern English translation is not only accurate but is also fluid and natural, allowing it to easily be read on its own or performed on stage.The original five-act structure has been preserved, with a one-to-one correspondence between each original line and each translated line. As opposed to word-by-word translations or annotated versions of the original script, the present book provides a natural language translation.

Excerpt

Shakespeare’s The Tempest often serves as an introduction to Shakespeare for modern students, although it is typically not given the same weight as, for example, Hamlet or Macbeth. The reason for choosing The Tempest is that the play is both entertaining and includes timeless themes such as redemption, the nature of the soul, magic and the supernatural, and art’s imitation of life (and vice versa).

The story itself is clearly drawn from the traditional Italian commedia dell’arte. Although the basic plot is not unique, Shakespeare adds a depth to the story that elevates the play to classic status. The traditional commedia dell’arte often included a sorcerer and his daughter as primary characters, along with their supernatural attendants and a number of rustic locals who supplied much of the humor. In The Tempest, these roles are taken by Prospero, the sorcerer, his daughter Miranda, the spirit Ariel (and fellow, lower-level spirits), and Stephano and Trinculo who drunkenly wander on the island.

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