The Tempest is a play written by William Shakespeare. It is one of his most lyrical plays. Prospero is a magician who punishes his enemies and brings happiness to his daughter. The play embodies timeless romance and a historically moment where Europe is exploring the New World. The plot of the play is set on an island where Prospero is planning to restore his daughter to her legitimate place. To do that, he is using manipulation and illusion. He invokes a storm to lure his brother and the king to the island. The story lays on the tradition of romance and it was also influenced by tragicomedy. In this play, Shakespeare returns to magic and fantasy so he can easily explore sibling hatred, romantic love and the love of a parent towards child.
SUMMARY- The Tempest-William Shakespeare
A storm crashes a ship. The ship was carrying Alonso, Sebastian, Ferdinand, Antonio, Gonzalo, Trinculo and Stephano. They were on their way to Italy. The whole crew was afraid they will die.
In the next scene, Prospero and his daughter Miranda are standing on the shore of their island. They are looking at the shipwreck. Miranda asks her father the help the men on the ship. Prospero tells her that they are all right. He tells Miranda that it is time for her to learn more about herself and her past. Prospero confesses her that he set up the shipwreck and starts to tell her about her past. Prospero was the Duke of Milan until Antonio, his brother, in conspiracy with Alonso usurped his position. He was left to die on the island. Prospero and Miranda survived thanks to Gonzalo who brought them supplies and Prospero’s book of magic. Father and daughter lived there for twelve years. Only after twelve years Fortune has send him his enemies so he raised the tempest.
After Prospero told the story to Miranda, he charmed her to sleep. He called for the spirit Ariel. Ariel brought the tempest upon the ship. Everyone got safely from the ship to the island. But the crew from the ship is now separated into groups. Ariel reminds Prospero that he has promised him freedom a year early if he completes the tasks without the complaint. Prospero punishes Ariel for protesting. He reminds Ariel of the past. Prospero rescued him from the witch Sycorax. Prospero orders Ariel to take shape of a sea nymph and to make him visible only for Prospero.