Act IV Scene i. Some consider it a tragedy because of how the play opens and turns out even though it turns out that no one dies in the end. There are those who consider it a comedy because of how some of the scenes turn out to make fun of the characters and how Ariel and Prospero are playing games with everyone’s mind. It is a comedy because you see more comedy in it than any other genre it has been classified as.
People have different definitions for Romances. Stephen J. Miko believes that a romance is based on forgiveness, reconciliation, and regeneration. He believes The Tempest contains these aspects. It is true that the play does contain these aspects in Act V. In Act V, Ariel states that King Alonso and his entourage feel sorry for what they have done. In this scene they are let into Prospero’s Cell and there he forgives them all for something they have done. King Alonso also asks for forgiveness of his son, for losing him on the island, and Prospero, for overthrowing him from his position. Caliban also asks forgiveness when he planed on overthrowing Prospero as well. Prospero also forgives him for his plans.
There is no denying that this definition of romance is in the play. Even though the play ends with everyone reconciling and forgiving each other leaving a moral to the play, but that is not the theme of the play. Forgiveness appears only towards the end of the play. In the ...
... middle of paper ...
...est and New Comedy.” Shakespeare Quarterly, 21.3(Summer 1970). 207-11. Print
Crowther, John, ed. “No Fear The Tempest.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2005. Web. 6 May 2010
Dean, Winter. “Operas on ‘The Tempest.” The Musical Times, 105. 1461 (Nov., 1964) 810-14. Print
Lewis, Liz. “The Mixture of Styles in Shakespeare’s Last Plays: The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest.” Literature Study Online. William Shakespeare. December 2001. Web. 09. May, 2010.
Miko, Stephen J. “Tempest.” ELH, 49.1 (spring 1982): 1-17. Print.
Schmidgall, Gary. “The Tempest and Primaleon: A New Source.” Shakespeare Quarterly, 37.4(Winter 1986): 423-39. Print.
Sleights, William W. E. “A Source for The Tempest and the Context of The Discorsi.” Shakespeare Quarterly, 36.1 (Spring, 1985): 68-70. Print
“The Tempest” Folger-Shakespeare Library. Folger Shakespeare Library. 1994. Web. 8. May 2010.
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The play, The Tempest, by William Shakespeare is a very cleverly thought out piece of work. Shakespeare very deliberately inter-relates several different forms of power during the course of the play. There is political power, shown through the plethora of political characters and their schemes, while at the same time parodied by the comic characters. The power of magic and love, and its ability to reunite and absolve also plays a major role in the play. Throughout the play, Prospero, the main character, takes great advantage of his power and authority, both properly and improperly.... [tags: the tempest]
986 words (2.8 pages)
Methods Used to Introduce the Exposition and Hold the Audience's Attention in Shakespeare's The Tempest
- In Act 1 Scene 1, Shakespeare introduces setting, characters, themes and plot to explain what is happening and to grab the audience’s attention, as well as laying the ground for the rest of play. He also uses literary techniques to make his play more interesting. Shakespeare also does this through the language and style of his writings he gives to the individual characters, and also the very few stage directions. Shakespeare had very restricted assets to work with, and so needed his actors and speeches to work for him.... [tags: The Tempest]
698 words (2 pages)
- The Tempest was originally performed in late 1611, and was published in its current form in the First Folio of 1623. It is the one play by Shakespeare not derived from one or more of the many sources commonly utilized by all playwrights of the Elizabethan era, although a contemporary German play possesses an analogous exile theme. The story of the shipwreck was probably taken from Sir George Somers' narrative of a Bermuda shipwreck of 1609. The play itself is a masque-like comedy; it far surpasses the majority of those traditional pieces with similar themes which were continuously being updated by other writers of Shakespeare's day.... [tags: The Tempest Essays]
1542 words (4.4 pages)
- Themes in the Tempest The Tempest is generally considered to be Shakespeare's last sole-authored play. The play draws a number of oppositions, some of which it dramatises, and some of which it only implies. Prospero, a figure exhibiting many resemblances to the Elizabethan idea of the 'Mage', (of whom the best known is probably Dr. John Dee), is opposed to both his corrupt brother, usurper of his role as Duke of Milan, and to Sycorax, an evil witch and mother of the 'deformed slave' Caliban.... [tags: Tempest essays]
1284 words (3.7 pages)
- Cesaire's A Tempest Clarifies Shakespeare's The Tempest "Negritude, originally a literary and ideological movement of French-speaking black intellectuals, reflects an important and comprehensive reaction to the colonial situation of European colonization" (Carlberg). This movement, which influenced Africans as well as blacks around the world, specifically rejects the political, social, and moral domination of the West. Leopold Senghor, Leon Damas, and Aime Cesaire are the three pioneers of the revolution. The founder who expresses his ideas more broadly, though, is Cesaire, who uses literary works to express his viewpoint on colonization. An excellent example of such a tactic i... [tags: Tempest essays]
1684 words (4.8 pages)
- "Reflections on The Tempest" A few summers ago we hosted two Japanese students for 11 days. One afternoon a violent storm came up; we unplugged appliances and from our living room watched the lightning and listened to the loud, almost instantaneous thunder. One of the students, unaccustomed to thunder storms, was terrified; he clapped his hands against his head and appeared ready to dive under the table in spite of our attempts to reassure him. The proud members of a wedding party on their way home to Naples are also terrified in the opening scene of The Tempest.... [tags: Shakespeare Tempest Essays]
2093 words (6 pages)
- There are many different interpretations and differences of opinion regarding the genre of The Tempest, a play by William Shakespeare. In the essays "The Backward Voice": Puns and the Comic Subplot of The Tempest, by Maurice Hunt, and The Tempest as Romance and Anti-Romance, by Richard Hillman, the genre of the play is discussed in depth. Using elements such as setting, lines of the characters, and the action that occurs in the play, the authors evaluate Shakespeare's play The Tempest to be a romance with a "comic subplot", and thereby show how important the interpretation of the language and interaction is in finding meaning in the play.... [tags: The Tempest Essays]
1862 words (5.3 pages)
- The entrance of The Tempest into theatres between 1610 and 1611, signifies a possible correlation between Shakespeare's play and the colonization of the ideal New World. Before analyzing the courtly order and utopian theme in The Tempest, it is important to understand the politics and culture of the court in the early 17th century. The society that Shakespeare emerges from plays an important role in the themes portrayed in The Tempest, because it leads to the utopian solution to the political and class conflict.... [tags: Tempest essays]
2477 words (7.1 pages)
- Conflict and Harmony in The Tempest William Shakespeare describes a 'utopic' world saturated with supernatural images and ideas which works to create the mysterious island where The Tempest takes place. This is one of Shakespeare's best examples of how a natural harmony reveals itself through the actions of discourse and confusion. To illustrate this idea best one must examine the historical context upon which The Tempest is based. Because this play was published in the early 1600s, controversial cultural and political events undoubtedly surface. Furthermore, by analyzing the sub-plots in the play, the reader has a better understanding of Shakespeare's purpose for including mult... [tags: Tempest essays]
1382 words (3.9 pages)
- The Tempest raises many questions regarding the formation of authority and power. Is hierarchy understood as natural or as constructed. Also, what are the consequences when authority is usurped. This paper will attempt to answer these questions in a succinct manner using textual references to solidify its arguments. As the play progresses, Prospero constructs the hierarchy in such a way as to return things to their "natural" state. Any type of usurpation, whether attempted or successful, will always end up with power back in its rightful place, and most of the time with a lesson learned.... [tags: Tempest Shakespeare]
1719 words (4.9 pages)