The Tempest Paper

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Critics and the Reader: Views on The Tempest The Tempest is a play written by William Shakespeare that displays many unique qualities of characters, a variety of symbols, and important themes. William Shakespeare was born on April 23rd, 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. Shakespeare is regarded by many to be the best writer in the English language. Marrying Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare had a son and two daughters. Shakespeare died on his birthday in 1616. The Tempest was one of Shakespeare’s later plays. The Tempest, considered to be a comedy, has several plots. Many themes and symbols can be spotted in The Tempest, along with many interesting character qualities. Critics discussed three important themes in The Tempest, including…show more content…
Prospero brags about revolting against the villains himself. Derek Travesi says “The Tempest, with its insistence on ideas of penance and amendment that can only follow from acceptance of a personal, spiritual conception of Destiny, is conceived as nothing less than a counterpoise to this tragic process of ruin.” Knowing he had made enough tragedies, Shakespeare wanted to use reconciliations (14 Bloom). Character development and interesting character qualities are key to The Tempest. The Tempest is centered around a dominant male figure, a tricky, all-but-powerful magician, who sometimes troubles for an arrogance or egocentricity, and even at time smugness. This character is Prospero. Controlling everything, Prospero was able to twist the plot however he wanted. He provides himself with as much power as possible on the island, and even picks the man who his daughter shall marry. Prospero is not a married man, although Miranda is his daughter (70 Bloom). Prospero is thought to have been designed after Shakespeare himself (Overview: The Tempest). Prospero is a magician, and he uses his magic to free Ariel and enslave Caliban. Prospero then punished Antonio, his brother, and King Alonso of Naples by destroying their ships in a magical storm when they try to come to the island. This shows one of the ways that Prospero used his magic for cruelty. In the last scene, Prospero leaves the island under control of Caliban, turns away from his magical powers, and returns
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