The Tempest Character Analysis Essay

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The Analysis of Characters in The Tempest The Tempest was written by William Shakespeare, who was born in 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. He was 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, determining the original date of The Tempest was easier. Various documents have contributed to the play. The Virginian expedition of Sir George Somers is probably the main source of The Tempest. On June 2, 1609, Sir George Somers, Sir Thomas Gates and Captain Christopher Newport, sailed from Plymouth to Virginia, carrying settlers and supplies. However the Sea Venture, the ship…show more content…
According to the play, Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, who had been disposed by his brother and the King of Naples, plans to restore himself and his daughter Miranda to their rightful place, with the use of magic and manipulation. He asks his servant Ariel, to create a storm in order to lure his usurping brother Antonio, and Alonso to the island. As a result of his manipulation, Prospero will regain his position as a duke, Alonso will reveal his lowly nature, and Miranda will be married to Alonso 's son, Ferdinand. Shakespeare begins his play with the discription of the tempest. In ancient times and in Shakespeare 's days as well, the elements of nature were believed to be in very close sympathy with human joy and sorrow. The tempest that Ariel created at the beginning of the play, symbolizes the sufferings that Prospero had to endure, and what he wants to inflict on those who betrayed him. He must make his enemies suffer, just as he suffered, so he can teach them a lesson, and maybe his enemies will learn from their own suffering. Despite Prospero 's suffering, the tempest is also a symbol of his magic, and the dark and frightening side of his power. Prospero, who is one of the most mysterious protagonists of Shakespeare, is a skilled magician. He uses his power to create storms,

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