The Tempest is preoccupied with the theme of colonialism. Shakespeare presents colonialism as a form of exploitation which Western society uses to control 'inferior' beings. The conflict between Prospero and Caliban, it is argued, represents the conflict between the Old World (Europe) and the challenges to their culture and beliefs from the New.
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