The Creator Speaking Through His Creation Prospero’s epilogue at the conclusion of The Tempest provides interesting parallels to its author’s life. Written near the end of his career, numerous scholars suggest that it is Shakespeare’s written farewell. Just as Shakespeare sculpts a world from nothing, Prospero authors the events on the island. Prospero’s monologue flows naturally with they story and provides a natural ending to the work. He describes the loss of his magical power at the beginning of his monologue when he says, “My charms are all o’erthrown, and what strength I have’s mine own, which is most faint.” He remains “confined” on the Island because he has already “pardoned the deceiver” and does not wish to return as the Duke of Naples. He follows this with a peculiar request of those listening to “release me from my bands with the help of your good hands.” This could be seen literally as a request of the audience to clap so that the sails of the boats will be filled, for his friends’ return trip home. <?xml:namespace
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