Recently, I have been reading various adaptations of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and have found them to be quite intriguing. They all add on varying differentiating perspectives to view the original play from
. While some are a completely different story but with the same characters, others reinforce or extend the story.
One particular adaptation that I am quite fond of is an extension to the play by Suniti Namjoshi. In her poem Snapshots of Caliban, she writes a series of journal entries by Caliban. The twist here, though, is this: Caliban is a female. That’s right — Namjoshi reimagines the uncouth beast-monster as a female. However, in the poem, Caliban can be seen as an intellectual rather than an idiot slave; she shows signs of foresight and resolve that the audience to the original The Tempest would not have expected.
It is weird how a version of something original can completely flip a person’s thoughts and opinions of the original around. If not for Namjoshi’s adaptation of The Tempest, I would still be here, sitting, with the thought of how Caliban is such a savage. I guess it all boils down to how one looks at something.
- Picture from Ms. Ellis’ Literature Lab