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The Tempest

By Rachel Sfeir

rachel sfeir

on 5 February 2010

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Transcript of The Tempest

The Plot: Prospero, a sorcerer and the rightful Duke of Milan, lives with his 15-year-old daughter, Miranda, on an island. They landed there 12 years earlier after Prospero's brother Antonio took over the Duke's title and banished the pair in a small boat.
The play starts when Prospero creates a tempest at sea to drive his brother's ship to the island. The ship runs aground and all passengers – including Antonio, Alonso (Antonio's co-conspirator against Prospero), Alonso's brother (Sebastian), son (Ferdinand), and advisor (Gonzalo) – escape to the island. Prospero casts spells to separate the visitors, and 3 subplots ensue.
Ferdinand, Prospero and Miranda (l to r)In one, Caliban (native of the island, who is a monster and has become Prospero's servant), joins forces with Stephano and Trinculo, both from the ship, to rebel against Prospero. In another, Prospero ignites a romantic relationship between his daughter and Ferdinand. He then forces Ferdinand to become his servant. In the remaining subplot, Antonio and Sebastian attempt to kill Alonso and Gonzalo so that Sebastian can become King. They are stopped by Ariel, a spirit.
The play ends with Prospero forgiving his enemies. He orders Ariel to create weather that will carry the ship back to Naples, with Prospero and Miranda on board. Miranda and Ferdinand are slated to be married. Prospero gives up his sorcerer's staff, destroys his book of magic, and asks the audience to set him free from the island with end-of-play applause.
Prospero Ferdinand "You taught me language, and my profit on’t Is I know how to curse. The red plague rid you
For learning me your language" This speech, delivered by Caliban to Prospero and Miranda, makes clear the vexed relationship between the colonized, Caliban, and the colonizer, Prospero, that lies at the heart of the play. "There be some sports are painful, and their labour
Delight in them sets off. Some kinds of baseness
Are nobly undergone, and most poor matters
Point to rich ends. This my mean task
Would be as heavy to me as odious, but
The mistress which I serve quickens what’s dead
And makes my labours pleasures." Ferdinand speaks these words to Miranda, as he tells of his willingness to perform the task Prospero has set him to, for her sake. "I weep at mine unworthiness, that dare not offer
What I desire to give, and much less take
What I shall die to want. But this is trifling,
And all the more it seeks to hide itself
The bigger bulk it shows. Hence, bashful cunning,
And prompt me, plain and holy innocence.
I am your wife, if you will marry me.
If not, I’ll die your maid. To be your fellow
You may deny me, but I’ll be your servant
Whether you will or no" Miranda delivers this speech to Ferdinand declaring her undying love for him. Surprisingly, she does not merely propose marriage, she essentially insists upon it. Quotes By Rachel Sfeir About the Play: The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, estimated to have been written in 1610–1611. The play's main character is the banished sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, who, at the beginning, uses his magical powers to punish his enemies when he raises a tempest that drives them ashore. The entire play takes place on an island un der his control whose native inhabitants, Ariel and Caliban, respectively aid his work. While listed as a comedy when it was first published in 1623, the play has been re-labeled as one of Shakespeare's late romances.
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