The Importance Of Dramatic Effects In Shakespeare's The Tempest

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Register to read the introduction… As the plot unfolds we see four main distinct failings of man all represented: we have 'licentiously' and the sad life of the inebriated fool represented by Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo, unsrupulosity and baseness represented by Antonio and Sebastian, we have the arrogant and the socially constructed through Ferdinand, and the politically expedient from Alonso, the King. The first three have their own little subplots in the play, Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo plot to kill Prospero, Antonio and Sebastian plan to kill the king, and Ferdinand is just being quite arrogant. As the 'mentor' of those on the island, Prospero must teach everyone a lesson and help them o become better people. He lies the source of suspense, which so engages the audience. What we have is three distinct ideas, and we don't know how they will turn out, but we, as the audience, want to know. After punishing Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo, he forgives them and releases them; ""Come hither, spirit. Set Caliban and his companions free. Untie the spell."" Antonio realizes his guilt for what he has done for the sake of political alliance, Ferdinand becomes a upstanding young man, worthy of Miranda as a wife, and after stopping Antonio and Sebastian, they too are forgiven. At this point, the audience's suspension for the end of the play is well rewarded; everyone has …show more content…
It is important to note that you do not get the full effect of a play just from reading it, but in The Tempest, these effects work as well as in another masterpiece from Shakespeare.

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