The Tempest SummaryAct 1 Scene 1Set on a ship with a violent storm RAGINGMaster of the ship/Boatswain/Mariners try to prevent the ship from being run aground by the tempest. Nobels on the ship:oAlonso – king of NaplesoSebastian – Alonso’s brotheroAntonio – Prospero’s brotheroGonzalooOthersDon’t learn the men’s names in this sceneThey’re coming from Tunis in Africa where Alonso’s daughter, Claribel, was married to a prince there. When they get to the top deck the boatswain tells them to go back below, Gonzalo mentions Alonso’s importance, the boatswain only cares about saving the ship. They go below decksSebastian and Antonio curse the boatswain, masking their fear with angerMariners (boat crew) enter wet and crying, We learn the identity of all the passengersGonzalo tells everyone to pray for the king (Alonso) We hear a loud thunderous noise, splitting wood, etcEveryone preparing to sinkThe scene has a lot of chaotic activityAct 1 Scene 2 Part 1Scene starts with Prospero and Miranda standing on the shore of an islandThey just watched the ship wreck – implied that Prospero caused the stormMiranda wonders if everyone is dead, wants to go check but Prospero ensures her that no one is harmedProspero starts telling Miranda who she is and where she came fromProspero is the former duke of Milan and famous for his great intelligenceTells her that his brother Antonio usurped him because he slacked off on his duties and focused on his studiesThe king of Naples (Alonso) helped Antonio become duke and Prospero and Miranda escaped to this island with the help of GonzaloProspero charms Miranda to sleepCalls forth his spirit Ariel (we learn for sure that Prospero caused the storm)Ariel acted as the wind/thunder/lightningWhen everyone (all the nobles) except the crew abandoned ship, Ariel brought them all to the island, also tells Prospero that the king’s son (Ferdinand) is alone.The Boatswain/mariners have been charmed to sleep on the ship and the ship was safelyparked in the harbour on the island while the rest of the fleet headed back to Naples1
Ariel is thanked and reminds Prospero of a previous agreement between them to reduceAriel’s service by a year if Ariel performed these duties without complaintProspero is upset by this and gets angry at Ariel for bringing it upProspero reminds Ariel that he saved him from being a servant of Sycorax (a witch/Caliban’s mother)Ariel was too fragile(kind) to perform the evil commands that Sycorax wanted so she imprisoned Ariel in a tree (cloven pine in the play) and did not free Ariel before she died,so Ariel might have been imprisoned forever if Prospero hadn’t of come to the island and saved him (Ariel)Prospero threatens to imprison Ariel for 12 years if he keeps complaining, to which Ariel promises to be polite.