The Tempest Essay

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The Tempest Act 1 scene 1(the storm): The opening scene of the Tempest I think is brilliant. There is an instant unsuspecting panic, which quickly gains ones attention. Usually in a play there is a build up to a dramatic moment but The Tempest opens with this and the dramatic moment is when there is the inevitability of death. One can see the last instant panic and hear the words of lost hope, and people preparing for the final moment, "give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it so hap. Cheerily good hearts out of our way I say". This was said by the boatswain, and it is an example of how Shakespeare used a great climatic …show more content…

Shakespeare's depiction of the situation is most interesting and very well informed, and by all means most entertaining. Act 2 Scene 1 (murder plot): My second favorite scene is the murder plot. This scene is an example of an insatiable greed causing one to be traitorous in the worst possible way. Though Anthonio is a Duke (of which he is by taking the title from his brother) he still manages to convince Sebastian to kill his own brother, to gain more power and wealth, and Sebastian is easily persuaded. In this scene one can see a plot brewing, one can also see two men, both on the border of vast wealth, and how the simple idea of this causes them to plot a traitorous murder. The most interesting part is how they come up with the idea. It is when they are deciding on whether the prince is dead, and Anthonio somehow sees a silver lining, "O, out of that no hope, what great hope have you? No hope that way, is another way so high a hope, that even ambition cannot pierce a wink beyond but doubt discovery there." This is a fantastic sentence because when one is in an emotional state, sometimes it causes them to look for a positive, in any way they can. Anthonio does this and causes Sebastian to also. Both characters seem to be that of a noble and honest type throughout the beginning of

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