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The Tempest Essay Examples

The Tempest

...This was said by the boatswain, and it is an example of how Shakespeare used a great climatic moment like a shipwreck, in the beginning scene. This had a brilliant effect, as it shows the flare of emotion and the intensity of the situation, which grabs ones, attention, and then holds it throughout the play. This scene is also interesting, as even at the supposed final moment of Anthonio's life, he still holds himself above others, "Hang cur hang you whoresen, insolent noise maker, we are less af...

The Tempest - Character Relationships

...Prospero's final act of giving freedom to Ariel shows us how Prospero has changed throughout the course of the play, from a dictator-like sorcerer focused on retribution, to a forgiving father figure. The theme of freedom versus control in The Tempest is very important. There is a constant interaction between both freedom and control. All the characters have some sort of freedom, and yet they all have some sort of control over them, too. Through the exploration of the characters in the play, it ...

Colonialism in The Tempest

...After half of the colonists died in the first year, Powhatan took pity and taught the colonists how to plant corn, beans, pumpkins, and squash. However, once the starving British colonists recovered their strength, they once again set about the task of enslaving the native population. The play ends with Prospero deciding to return to Europe and to decolonize his island and emancipate his slaves. The colonizer sets himself free as well. Prospero not only gives up his island, but relinquishes his ...

The Tempest - Prospero's Rebirth

...Prospero realizes that the usurped has now become the usurper, creating a twin-like imagery as we see the men as truly brothers, identical in their deeds. The deviation rests in Prospero's move towards reconciliation. We are convinced that Antonio is unrepentable because he "made a sinner of his own memory". Both brothers created and shaped his own reality to suit his means. Does Prospero perhaps hold Antonio's secret as a concession in recognizing his own motives led him astray? Keeping the mur...

The Tempest - Ferdinand and Caliban

...One of the largest comparisons we see between Ferdinand and Caliban is their desire to untie Miranda's "virgin knot." But, unlike Ferdinand, Caliban wants to rape Miranda. Caliban wishes to force sex onto Miranda to populate the island with more "Calibans." Ferdinand's love is pure. He has fallen in love with Miranda and has promised her father, Prospero, she would not lose her virginity until after they were wed. This would prove to be another comparison between the two characters with differe...

The Tempest: A Critical Analysis

...The entreaty is made most specific in Prospero’s parting monologue. This is a direct address to the audience asking for them to release him from the confines of the theatre. Now that his “charms are all o'erthrown” he is sinking in strength and is at the mercy of the audience. He asks them not to confine him in his world of fiction, especially so since the real world beckons, where he has regained his lost Dukedom. His “project fails” if they do not join in with the applause of their h...

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...The Silent Power Beyond The Tempest Play This essay aims to discuss the postcolonial thoughts in Shakespeare's play The Tempest. I tried to explore the postcolonial features in the play according to Orientalism and Imperialism definition by Edward Said. In general, Imperialism and Orientalism are the ideas presented by European culture to continue their control over non-Western societies. I explained how the colonizer exploits the colonized people and their islands. As a matter of fact, it is no...

The character of Prospero in "The Tempest"

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The Role of the Supernatural in "The Tempest"

...There are numerous supernatural aspects of "The Tempest". From the island inhabitants, to Prospero, the religious symbolism, the supernatural is depicted in almost every form that is possible. The idea that both sides of mankind must work in tandem comes across very clearly through use of supernatural elements and exploration of human nature. The supernatural aspects in "The Tempest" are not disgraceful. It is a form of expression because only after Prospero figures out human nature, can he see ...

Intersections of Race, Class, and Gender in the Tempest

...While Caliban’s rebellion was not successful in the terms of his plot succeeding, it was successful in Caliban’s latent goal of wanting Prospero’s genuine respect and not the classic master-slave relationship which Prospero has projected throughout the entire play. While Prospero and Caliban represent two different extremes on the social spectrum, their positions on the social hierarchy are largely due to the fact that Caliban responds almost wholly to passions, feelings of pleasure; his s...

Explore the theme of rebellion in the first 3 acts of 'The Tempest'

...Even though each character is rebelling seemingly on their own, Prospero is really managing the rebellion. In Act 2 scene 1, Prospero uses his servant, Ariel, to purposely create particular conditions which favour this rebellious behaviour in order to prompt an act of sedition from Sebastian and Antonio. The King and the lords are purposely put to sleep by Ariel in order to offer Sebastian and Antonio an excellent opportunity to do the foul deed. But just as he creates, so Prospero prevents, and...

An Analysis of Freytag’s Five Steps in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

...The climax takes place in “The Tempest” when Prospero charms the party from the boat and Caliban, Stephano, and Trinuculo into immobility.  Prospero, who is joyous at the thought of his daughter’s upcoming marriage to Ferdinand, has a change of heart and releases everyone from the spell.  They are all repentant and the falling action occurs at this point with a monologue from Prospero chastising the king of Naples and Antonio for the part the played in the usurping...

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