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Writer 3390 1 The Tempest On the outset, William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” presents an eventful drama of revenge. Prospero, the usurped Duke of Milan, regains his title and dukedom from his brother through his scheming. Upon close reading, however, other themes and symbols may be picked up from the play. The tempest or storm figures mainly in it and may be taken to symbolize Prospero’s anger towards those who plotted to take away his dukedom from him. Act 1 Scene 1 of the play shows the storm creating fear and confusion in the king’s ship. The boatswain and the crew are trying with all their might to maintain control of the ship. It sinks and everyone on board, including the nobles, fight for their lives at sea. The ship can represent Prospero’s former dukedom. There is order in the ship, with each member knowing his function. There are the nobles who lord over the ship and the crew who serve them. Prospero’s anger, as shown by the fierceness of the storm, destroys the order within the ship. It brings out disorder instead. When one of the nobles, Antonio, asks the boatswain for the second time where the master was, the boatswain reprimands him to keep to his cabin otherwise Antonio is useless in that trying time. The boatswain even says to their faces, “What cares these roarers/ for the name of king? To cabin: silence! Trouble us not!” (Shakespeare, p. 3). Here, the servant gives the order to the master and not the other way around. In comparison, Prospero has
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This note was uploaded on 02/24/2011 for the course ENGL 410 taught by Professor Brockmann during the Spring '08 term at University of Delaware.

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