The Exploration of Ambivalence and Hybridity in The Tempest

Sheikh Saifullah Ahmed


The paper focuses on how ambivalence sets off a scandalous locus exclusively intended for Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest. Caliban, a colonized-divided-self, is incapable of reproducing himself accurately to the European settlers. This provocative feature stimulates Caliban and Ariel to be turbulent for liberty resulting from their resistance and rebellion against Prospero and the colonial legacy reinforcing their hybridization that intimidates Prospero too to lose his sole authority over the island, and trials his ‘monolithic power. Ariel is a submissive spirit unlike Caliban; he is deprived of the concrete human figure where Caliban is portrayed as a semi-human creature. Consequently, the ambivalent portrayal of Ariel and Caliban emphasizes the blend of convoluted identities in a hybrid formation, which invites the postcolonial critics to debate on.

Keywords: postcolonialism, ambivalence, Bhabha, hybridity, rebellion, resistance.

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