The Tempest | Study Guide

William Shakespeare

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The Tempestby the Numbers Days in which The Tempest takes place 1 "Men of Sin" who conspire to take Prospero's dukedom 3 Year the ship Sea Venture wrecked on Bermuda, possibly inspiring The Tempest 1609 Leagues Stephano claims he swam to get to shore 35 Prospero, Act IV, Scene I e are such stuff / As dreams are made on, and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep. William Shakespeare c. 1611 English Play Author Year Written Original Language The Tempest Drama Symbols Main Characters ProsperoMaster of the island; former Duke of Milan AntonioProspero's conniving brother; Duke of Milan ArielProspero's faithful servant AlonsoMercenary king of Naples Stephano & TrinculoAlonso's butler and jester MirandaProspero's meek daughter FerdinandAlonso's son; falls in love with Miranda CalibanProspero's grudging servant Family Master/Servant Married Tempest The storm represents Prospero's power— especially his power over nature. Magic Books Prospero's books symbolize Shakespeare's use of language and the magic of theater. Sleep & Dreams Prospero reflects on humanity as an elaborate dream, and viewers know Shakespeare’s characters are just that. English writer William Shakespeare is perhaps best known as one of the finest playwrights in history, but he was also an actor. Intimately familiar with the illusion of theater, his final play pays tribute to his roles as both orchestrator and performer of this theatrical magic. William Shakespeare15641616 Author Set on a magical island inhabited by elf-like sprites and monsters, The Tempest is the story of the magician Prospero and his revenge against the brother who once stole his dukedom. As Shakespeare's final play, it is also the playwright's farewell performance, in which he, like Prospero, relinquishes the magical power of the stage. Shipwrecked! Drowning Drowning—in water or in drink—signifies change and rebirth. Servants Prospero's plays, just like dreams, must come to an end. Magic of Theater Servant-master relationships of many varieties are the defining relationships of the play. Forgiveness & Restoration Power & Exploitation Political and magical power merge on the island, and the powerful often exploit the weak. Music Ariel's music is among the mysterious "noises" of the island, enchanting the castaways. Prospero finally forgives those who wronged him and asks for divine mercy. themes & motifs

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