Comparing The Tempest And Heart Of The Andes, By William Shakespeare

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Experiences which allow an individual to discover can uncover what is concealed and for perceptions to be challenged and changed. This concept is explored in William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest and Thomas Buchanan Read’s poem Church’s “Heart of the Andes” in different ways. The courtiers from The Tempest are forcibly displaced into Prospero’s magical island which reflects the context of Age of Exploration. Church’s “Heart of the Andes” similarly portray the same idea of western explorers discovering the New World. The new ideas and changed values that result from the discovery can be seen in Shakespeare’s play as Prospero changes his character and attitude as he learns about forgiveness and mercy. While Read’s poem depict the beauty of

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