The Tempest

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Luke DeGrossi Traditions in Conversation Mark Shiffman 27 September 2007 Gonzalo’s Positive Attitude in Act 2 of The Tempest Throughout the plight on the stranded island Gonzalo exhibits a fairly positive and optimistic attitude in regards to the situation, whereas Antonio and Sebastian refuse to stop mocking him and concurrently, make the situation worse. Act 2 opens with Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, Adrian, and Francisco arguing on the deserted island. While speaking to King Alonzo, Lord Gonzalo says, “You have cause, so have we all, of joy, for our escape is much beyond our loss” ( The Tempest , pg. 61, lines 2-3). He is referring to their shipwreck and their marooning on a deserted island. Throughout the majority of Act 2, Gonzalo is optimistic and positive about the entire situation. Here, he believes that the survivors should be grateful for being alive, rather than angry at being marooned. However, despite Gonzalo’s attempts at making the crew feel better, Antonio and Sebastian continue to make fun of everything Gonzalo says. Their pessimism fails to bring him down, though, as he continues to see the island as a
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