The Tempest By William Shakespeare

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Emily Minnotte AP English Literature Mr. Nath 5 December 2014 The Tempest Written between 1610 and 1611, The Tempest by William Shakespeare is the final play penned by the famous Bard. The play portrays the illusory struggle of power and conscience through the character of Prospero and his egocentric motives. Politically, the play can be seen as an analysis of important political issues relevant to that of oppression and imperialistic tendencies of the time. Artistically, The Tempest emphasizes the nature of art, more prominently, theatrical art. Being the final play that Shakespeare ever wrote, it is often considered to be an homage to the end of his long, illustrious career as a playwright. Most recently, critical interpretations of The Tempest frequently posed the story as a paradigm of oppression. Prospero wants his brother Antonio dead, so that his position as Duke of Milan can be reinstated; conversely, Caliban also wishes to have his island, which Prospero has claimed for his own, reinstated back to him. Together, these two characters set up a dramatic action to torture one another in their plight to get back what each believes are rightfully theirs. Prospero’s conquering of the island and its inhabitants, both subsequent and native, pose the idea of the island being that of a dystopia under his rule with the varying relationships he has with each of the characters. However, in the final scene of the play, when he has come to make peace with each character and is

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