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The Court as a Framework for Civilized Society in The Tempest Essay

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The Court as a part for Civilized Society in The Tempest From The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, the court is depicted not as a location or as a group of individuals, however as a construction binding society together. Emphasis is put on the court as structure by the usage of the two metaphors of shape, the world and the circle, which combine to give the impression of the court not only as a structure with a clearly defined shape, but also as a method of hierarchical management. The first of these shape metaphors utilizes the neoplatonic idea of spheres, together with the autonomous becoming the One Infinite Being of neoplatonic notion whose celestial qualities radiate outwards in concentric circles of diminishing power into infinity. This presents important thoughts not only of the autonomous as a divine being, but also of their courtroom as a natural body and also the formal hierarchies which were inherent in Renaissance Neoplatonism. The second shape mentioned is that the circle of protection made by a magician that, although utilizing the language of art as opposed to nature, and magical instead of divinity, utilizes once more the discourse of hierarchy, together with the magician using the circle as a way of restraining the 'spirit he excites’ (11). This idea of the court as a hierarchical system that is the only way of promoting virtue seems to be connected with the other major feature of the passage: that of the courtroom as an enclosed space. The language of this passage describes and over back to boundaries ('banished' (1), 'end' (2), 'reasoned' (two), 'bounded' (3), 'comprehend' (4), 'contains' (8)), 'excludes' (9), and 'exiled' (14), and the images of sphere and circle also indicate borders which can either contain or exclude.  .

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