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own world powers, and in so doing usurped cultures and traditions that were deemed "uncivilized." William Shakespeare and Patrick Chamoiseau reflect pro-colonialist and anti-colonialist positions. Shakespeare was intrigued
by the exploits of Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh, and the Bards fascination with the British colonization of Bermuda may well have served as the inspiration for his
final play, The Tempest. Patrick Chamoiseau, on the other hand, is an outspoken critic of the French colonialism in his native Martinique, and in his novels like Solibo Magnificent,
he has championed the Creole way of life that continues struggling to retain its cultural identity amid colonial oppression. Shakespeares play and Chamoiseaus novel examine the themes of colonialism,
racism, discrimination, and class systems through characterizations with language. In The Tempest, one-time Duke of Milan Prospero, along with his daughter Miranda and councilor Gonzalo have been exiled on a
tropical island for more than a decade. An act of betrayal by his brother Sebastian and Sebastians partner in crime Antonio left Prospero without a title and with a
huge chip on his shoulder. He frequently lamented how his brothers treachery had compromised his freedom, but callously gave no thought to how his takeover of the island oppressed
the liberties of the natives. Prosperos character (whose name is Italian for "to prosper") emphasizes the arrogance of colonialism and the lack of apology for invading lands and civilizing
people who have no interest in Western civilization. He declared his control represented "Providence Divine" (I.ii.186). Caliban (son of the island witch Sycorax) characterizes the collective regional victims
of colonialism. His language, though crude, passionately expresses the oppression exploitation of colonialism: "This islands mine, by Sycorax my mother, Which thou takst from me. When thou camst first,