The Tempest Analysis

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The Tempest was written by William Shakespeare, who was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. He was one of the most influential writers in the history of English Literature, the writer of about 38 plays and 154 sonnets, and the part-owner of the Globe Theatre. The original date of some of his works is uncertain, therefore the order of the plays and sonnets are questionable. However, since Shakespeare used material, that was not available until late 1610 (letters from the new Virginia colony in Jamestown, and an account of a shipwreck off Bermuda), we suppose that The Tempest was written in 1610-1611. It was first performed at Court by The King 's Men (Previously known as Lord Chamberlain 's Men, a theatrical company, it became The King 's Men in 1603, when King James I ascended the throne and became the company 's patron.) in the fall of 1611. In the winter of 1612-1613 it was performed again, during festivities in celebration of the marriage of King James 's daughter, Elizabeth. The Tempest was first published in the First Folio in December 1623 by Isaac Jagard and Edward Blount, and it contains more stage directions, than any other plays of Shakespeare. The stages in the Elizabethan and Jacobean period were was usually bare and simple, therefore the dramatic effects were left up in the minds of the audience. In my opinion, a good example of that is when Gonzalo, Sebastian, and Alonso argue about whether the island is beautiful or barren, where the bareness
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