Theme Of Forgiveness In Shakespeare's The Tempest

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William Shakespeare was a poet and a playwright, generally regarded as one of the world’s most famous playwrights to ever live. Shakespeare lived during the 16th centruy, and during his time, he wrote 37 different plays and 144 sonnets. Those plays included mainly comedies and tragedies. One of Shakespeare’s most orignial plays was a comedy known as The Tempest. The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s most original plays due to the fact that he had no outside influence or collaboration when creating the story. William Shakespeare was born April 23, 1564 “in Stratford on Avon, England.” His parents were John and Mary Shakespeare. Little is known about Shakespeare’s childhood, these years are generally regarded as “The Lost Years.” When Shakespeare…show more content…
Forgiveness is shown throughout the play, the biggest example throughout the play is prospero getting all of his enemies on the same island. Even though only one of his three enemies are on the island asks for forgiveness, prospero forgives them all. Prospero is praised by Shakespeare for his ability to forgive. The other main theme is repentance which is shown by the only enemy of prospero that asks for forgiveness, Alonso. Which understandably he should because he did try to rape Prosero’s daughter, miranda, he also plots to even kill prospero at one point (Themes in Shakespeare’s the Tempest…show more content…
From the beginning of the play, Shakespeare begins with all of Prospero’s enemies being grouped together. This is a symbol of all the suffering Prospero had to undergo and his wish to force it upon others, specifically the enemies. All who were involved in the shipwreck were spared by the sea. Twelve years before this shipwreck, Prospero and his daughter were in another shipwreck in a tattered ship that his “loyal” friends helped him with. Prospero thinks he should make his enemies suffer so they can experience the pain he once did so that they must learn. Prospero also shows the symbol of forgiveness by forgiving his enemies. The play shakespeare shows a symbol of mystery and socrecry through Prospero that many say is very similar in the ways of Shakespeare himself. (Antony Jannotta
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