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The Tempest Project

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Payton Loete

on 30 November 2013

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Transcript of The Tempest Project

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Starting as the scorned, overthrown, former Duke of Milan, we are introduced to Prospero as a man "h-word" bent on revenge. Magic has become a source of power for him not only mystically but also morally, as made clear in Act 1 Scene 2 when he casually put his own daughter to sleep without a second thought, and later uses much darker magic to torment his enemies on his island.
However satisfied he was with the chaos he made, Ariel was able to remind him of his humanity in what was almost a re-self discovery. He gives up all his magic to rejoin the civilized world a new man, putting him in an incredibly vulnerable state. Yet this vulnerability opens him up to rebuilding himself into a stronger man in this, his second chance. A man no longer enslaved to his powers and freed of his burden, his hate.
Discovery and Self Discovery
Shakespeare's Motifs Throughout The Tempest
As a young prince, Ferdinand was privileged and entitled. He was a coward, as made clear in Act 1 when he found himself to be the first to jump ship during the storm.
And yet, when this coward was faced with the crippling reality of being an orphan, alone on an unknown island, we see this vulnerability open him up to becoming his true self. Someone who had never worked a day in his life was now lugging wood about on his back and assuming the heavy weight of the throne to provide for the love of his life (as seen in Act 2). He fought for his life and dared to make something of it.
His desperation led him to Miranda and in his love for her, he found his stronger self.
Christian Allen
Ferdinand
Shelby Hoffman
Payton Loete
The Island
Shakespeare drew clear parallels between the Age of Discovery he lived in and the discovery of the island his characters inhabited. He goes a step beyond the common place idea that perfection can be found in new places and sheds light on the issues that come with introducing new people with their predisposed and corrupt ideas to a potentially beautiful place.
Prospero came to power on the island through manipulation, taking advantage of the innocence and good will of the natives. He enslaved them and abused the magic that he found. He introduced them to infectious power lust and gave them a reason to be hateful.
In Shakespeare's world, explorers were glorified rather than denoted for their actions that were, at least, bordering on conquerors. They enslaved people, stole from them and pillaged, burned books and abused their generosity. Europeans were introducing diseases that locals couldn't fight off.
Oh Brave New World That Has Such People In It!
Starting as the scorned, overthrown, former Duke of Milan, we are introduced to Prospero as a man "h-word" bent on revenge. Magic has become a source of power for him not only mystically but also morally, as made clear in Act 1 Scene 2 when he casually put his own daughter to sleep without a second thought, and later uses much darker magic to torment his enemies on his island.
However satisfied he was with the chaos he made, Ariel was able to remind him of his humanity in what was almost a re-self discovery. He gives up all his magic to rejoin the civilized world a new man, putting him in an incredibly vulnerable state. Yet this vulnerability opens him up to rebuilding himself into a stronger man in this, his second chance. A man no longer enslaved to his powers and freed of his burden, his hate.
Here, Miranda has the innocence to not understand the irony in her exclamation. It is because of these people, from their big corrupt world, that she knows nothing but the isolation of the island. She discovers a new kind of world, but who will she become when she encounters all the civilized world's darker sides?
Prospero
The Tempest
the process of acquiring insight into one's character
to see, get knowledge of, learn of or find; to gain sight or knowledge of something formerly unseen or unknown
What was Shakespeare Saying?
These characters only found themselves when they felt weak and vulnerable. We think Shakespeare is encouraging people to get outside their comfort zones to learn about themselves!
What do you think Shakespeare was saying about discovery?
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