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This Thing of Darkness
by David P. Gontar (October 2011)
. . . the whoreson must be acknowledged.
I. Prospero's Secret
As The Tempest is a "romance" and largely fantasy, featuring goddesses, witches, goblins and sprites, there is a tendency to receive it almost as one might a fairy tale. (Collington, 84) That would be to short-circuit critical faculties when they are most needed. To give this problematic text such benefit of the doubt is surely to confer a doubtful benefit. As we deal with issues of growth and maturity, these cannot be responsibly addressed if we allow ourselves to encounter them in the manner of "once upon a time." more>>>