Shakespearian empowerment and ideological discourses in The Tempest

Emilie Dufwa

“Delicacy and intelligence come from blood because the purer and thinner your blood is, the more you can feel sensations[1]”: this was a straightforward justification, an objective and neutral “truth” used during aristocracy by the so-called ‘pure bloods’ to exercise power over the ‘thick bloods’. Indeed, the aristocratic ideology theorized that the best people were the best people because they had fine spirits, delicate bodies and so understandably, better blood, one, which was thin and pure. Following this logic, the people with thick blood were considered less smart, less good. In society, at this point, there was only one absolute truth, which only the class of “pure bloods” possessed. Soon, everyone interiorized this “truth”, and sociologists called this phenomenon “the interiorization of inferiority/superiority”. In a similar way,  racial theory presents itself as neutral and objective, and profits the superior races. It was used in slavery to justify objectively…

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