Monday, March 18, 2013

The Art of Leadership: Ruling through Reason

Well, let's see if we can get this to work via the campus Internet.  My apartment's web service decided to take a break this fine morning. 

The scene from 3:09 to 4:40 is among my favorites of Julie Taymor's interpretation of The Tempest.  One of the critical moments in the play, it shows Prospera reigning in her passion and making decisions based on reason.  She has her enemies caught in feverish visions of terror.  Yet despite the wrongs done her by these men--exiling her and shipping her and her daughter away on a leaky boat to face unknown hardship--she must control her emotions and make the reasonable, compassionate, merciful choice.  This is very much in line with the decisions faced by the nobility of the time.  They could not rule through force, but through compassion and logic.

Proposed Activities:

--Have the student read Act I and look for other instances of passion vs reason.
--Have the student read Act II and explore the ideas presented about leadership and power over others.
--Compare and contrast Prospero's emotional control with Trinculo, Stephano, and Caliban.

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