Essay about William Shakespeare 's The Tempest

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The Tempest by William Shakespeare, was the last play solely written by him. The play was written in the early 1600’s and is a comedy/ romance. The play visits a few themes throughout the story and due to Shakespeare’ choice of words some are clear and others are not. The play was one that Shakespeare lived through and it marked the end of his career. Throughout the Tempest, Shakespeare uses language and devices to tell the story of Prospero and his actions as well as incorporate the theme of revenge.
Prospero, the duke of Milan and a powerful magician, was banished from Italy and cast to sea by his usurping brother, Antonio, and Alonso, the king of Naples. As the play begins a storm strikes carrying Alonso, Ferdinand, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, Stephano, and Trinculo, who were on their way back to Italy after coming from a wedding between Alonso’s daughter and the prince of Tunis in Africa. The royal party and other mariners aboard began to prepare for their death and the ship to sink. The next scene open much more calm as Miranda and Prospero looked out on the shipwreck. Miranda wondered if there was anything she could do to help the poor people but Prospero basically ignored her and began to tell her the story of her life. He told her of how they arrived on the island and that he orchestrated the shipwreck as payback for what they did to him. After telling Miranda the story, Prospero charms her and calls forth a familiar spirit Ariel and we find out that he brought…

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