Dating delights discontents dilemmas
Sirko and his men replied to the Sultan with this: You Turkish Satan, brother and crony of the accursed Devil, scribe to Lucifer’s himself. You call yourself a knight, but you couldn’t kill a hedgehog if your life depended on it!You couldn’t rule over the sons of Christ if you tried!One is shirtless, some are cloaked in brocade (that’s Taras Bulba, Gogol’s fictional Cossack hero, decked out in red), still others in rags. Playing cards are stacked on the table, and a rests on one warrior’s lap.
Hatless heads are shaved but for topknots, and the scene teems with detail: swords and muskets, powder horns and bayonets; these men are armed to the teeth, which appear to be missing in some cases.Despite the allusions to the New World, the location of the Bermudas in the Mediterranean makes The Tempest also a play about the Old World.The play's geographical setting in Europe, not in the colonial space of the New World, connects The Tempest to the world of humanism.When David Scott Kastan argues that The Tempest "is much more obviously a play about European dynastic concerns than European colonial activities" and calls for "other and more obvious contexts" of the play to be uncovered, he articulates the recent critical turn away from postcolonial readings of the play.(6) Other contexts, especially the multilayered and complex web of humanism, permeate this play more systematically, more apparently, and yet no less problematically than issues of imperialism and colonialism.