With us, the common man is nearly always a declasse nobleman, his heavy hand is better suited to handling the sword than the menial tool.
This reading owes less to Shakespeare than to the Paris Commune, which had taken place only seven years before. That the homage contradicts him on not a few points is not strange.
In the final version only two direct allusions are found to the historical fact that was its primary motive force. It is unnecessary to gloss these lines, which, as Cesaire rightly says, came from the pen not of Hitler but of the French humanist Ernest Renan.
The initial destiny of the Caliban myth on our own American soil is a surprising one. In a speech given by Paul Groussac in Buenos Aires on 2 Maywe have an early example of how Latin-American writers of the time would react to this situation: The identification of Caliban with the United States, proposed by Groussac and popularized by Rodo, was certainly a mistake.
Prospero lurks in the darkness awaiting his revenge, and Ariel disappears. In this work, Caliban is the incarnation of the people presented in their worst light, except that this time his conspiracy against Prospero is successful and he achieves power—which ineptitude and corruption will surely prevent him from retaining.
Much sharper are the observations of the Argentine Anibal Ponce, in his work Humanismo burgues y humanismo proletario.
The Taino will be transformed into the paradisical inhabitant of a utopic world; by Thomas More will publish his Utopia, the similarities of which to the island of Cuba have been indicated, almost to the point of rapture, by Ezequiel Martinez Estrada. Let us listen to this speech made in As for the vision of the cannibal, it corresponds—also in more contemporary terms—to the right wing of that same bourgeoisie.
These are the linguas francas capable of going beyond the frontiers that neither the aboriginal nor Creole languages succeed in crossing.
Racial contempt—to be a Creole, to be a mestizo, to be black, to be simply, a Latin American, is for them contemptible. It belongs to the ideological arsenal of politicians of action, those who perform the dirty work in whose fruits the charming dreamers of utopias will equally share.
Nevertheless, Prospero, as we well know, taught his language to Caliban and, consequently, gave him a name. In this sense its line of development is far from extinguished, Indeed, it meets with certain perpetuators—apart from its radical perpetuators, who are the consequential revolutionaries—in the numerous advisers who unflaggingly propose to countries emerging from colonialism magic formulas from the metropolis to solve the grave problems colonialism has left us and which, of course, they have not yet resolved in their own countries.
Let us bear in mind that our people is neither European nor North American, but a composite of Africa and America rather than an emanation of Europe; for even Spain fails as a European people because of her African blood, her institutions, and her character.
It is a question of the typically degraded vision offered by the colonizer of the man he is colonizing, That we ourselves may have at one time believed in this version only proves to what extent we are infected with the ideology of the enemy.
Not only was Floro a personal friend of Shakespeare, but the copy of the translation that Shakespeare owned and annotated is still extant.
But how can this alien quality be entirely avoided. This is something that we, the mestizo inhabitants of these same isles where Caliban lived, see with particular clarity:.
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