The Tempest: 'Any strange beast there makes a man'
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Among the set ofquestions they say the play offers its audience, William H. Sherman and Peter Hulme, in the preface to their recent collection ofessays on The Tempest, do not list any concerning what it is that may constitute a 'man'. 1 Yet the play continually ponders this, sometimes, as I noted briefly in my Introduction to this book, in the Iived-in detail of its language, sometimes in drama tic si tua tion or in presentation ofdramatic characters who continually evade definitive categorisation. Stephen Orgel's much quoted observation of the text's 'characteristic openness', 'the range of the play's possibilities' and the 'mutually contradictory,2 nature of many of these possibilities applies to the question ofmasculinity in it as well.