“Which pierces so that it assaults
Mercy itself and frees all faults.
As you from crimes would pardon’d be,
Let your indulgence set me free.”
-Prospero, The Tempest by William Shakespeare
Margaret Atwood’s Hagseed provides a unique take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Felix Philips is Atwood’s modern stand-in for Shakespeare’s Prospero. Felix has been ousted as the Artistic Director of the Makeshiweg theater while in the midst of planning the latest production of The Tempest. Much like Prospero, Felix is forced into exile where he spends his time thinking of revenge; but instead of discovering the means of vengeance, he finds liberation instead.
Atwood’s Hagseed explores grief, loss, and redemption in a way that is easy to identify with. Felix’s story illustrates how the path to redemption can easily become a path to destruction. Hagseed is a witty, wry, and absorbing read that will make us appreciate the Bard even more.
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