"What to do with so much sorrow?". Art and the Purpose of Revenge in Margaret Atwood's Hag-Seed
McDaid, Jessica Ann
Coral Escola, Jordi, dir. (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Filologia Anglesa i de Germanística)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Facultat de Filosofia i Lletres

Date: 2017
Description: 40 pag.
Abstract: Margaret Atwood´s Hag-Seed is a postmodern, post-Christian reinterpretation of Shakespeare´s Tempest, staging Felix Phillips as Prospero in the context of 21st century Canada. The nature of Prospero’s morality has been an important subject in academic discussion, which can broadly be categorised into “the Artist” and “the Avenger”. Atwood’s allocation of Felix as an avenger and principle agent of his profane purpose, which entails a metafictional, druginfused production of The Tempest to cause his enemies to suffer in retaliation, provides reflections on the nature of revenge and morality in our current society. Furthermore, Felix’s narrative incorporates two backstories which unfold the origin of his thirst for vengeance: his termination as Artistic Director ensued the traumatic loss of his wife and daughter. Felix will undergo a journey of healing through his artistic creativity culminating in his ability to face his grief and, ultimately, forgive himself. Therefore, in this present-day interpretation of The Tempest, art replaces the supernatural power to restore justice and grant absolution to its characters.
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Language: Anglès.
Studies: Estudis anglesos [2500245]
Study plan: Graduat o Graduada en Estudis Anglesos [801]
Document: bachelorThesis ; Text



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