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Cover page of the Play ‘The Tempest’

“All things in common nature should produce

Without sweat or endeavour. Treason, felony,

Sword, pike, knife, gun, or need of any engine

Would I not have; but nature should bring forth

Of it own kind, all foison, all abundance

To feed my innocent people”.

Gonzalo |The Tempest (Act II, Scene I)

‘The Tempest’ is a romance written ๐Ÿ“ by the great William Shakespeare between 1610-1611 ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ and published in 1623. The five act play is set in an unnamed island ๐Ÿ of the Mediterranean Sea ๐ŸŒŠ. Categorised under ‘romance’, it is a blend ๐Ÿ” of both tragic and comic elements.

“A devil, a born devil, on whose natureNurture can never stickโ€ฆ”

Prospero | The Tempest (Act IV, Scene I)

‘The Tempest’ – In The Midst of Storm

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The play begins with a storm ๐ŸŒช๏ธ that endangers the ship ๐Ÿ›ณ in which Alonso, the King ๐Ÿ‘‘ of Naples along with his court returns from his daughter’s marriage ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿคต in Tunisia ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ. The whole cruise ๐Ÿšค is frightened, frustrated ๐Ÿ˜ค which they complaint and insult ๐Ÿฅด each other till the ship sinks.

Prospero Inspects the Incident ๐Ÿง

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Prospero and Miranda

The former Duke of Milan ๐Ÿ‘ณโ€โ™‚๏ธ, Prospero along with his daughter Miranda inspects ๐Ÿ”ญ the incident. Prospero who has magical powers stands ๐ŸŽฉ still without stopping the storm ๐ŸŒช๏ธ. She suspects ๐Ÿคจ that her father has plotted the storm. This worries ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Miranda. She doesn’t understand ๐Ÿ˜‘ what is happening.

Is it Prospero who has plotted the storm ๐ŸŒช๏ธ? If so, why ๐Ÿ˜•? Why is the Former Duke of Milan in the Island ๐Ÿ of Mediterranean Sea ๐Ÿค”?

12 Years Ago

Prospero narrates ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ their past to Miranda. He reveals that he was betrayed ๐Ÿ˜– by his younger brother Antonio and was overthrown by him guided ๐Ÿ˜ถ by Alonso. Prospero and his daughter Miranda who was then three years old ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป were kidnapped and set adrift at sea. They are alive as Gonzalo pitied ๐Ÿ˜” them. But now, as he now has power takes his revenge ๐Ÿ˜ก.

Enemies Scattered in the Island

Prospero makes Miranda fall asleep ๐Ÿ’ค and calls upon his spirit-servant Ariel ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ to make sure that his enemies have landed ๐Ÿ˜ on the island scattered โ›ด. Ariel reminds of Prospero’s promise ๐Ÿคto set him free which angers ๐Ÿ˜ฌProspero. Prospero orders to spy ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ on the courtiers by making himself invisible ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ.

Ferdinand – Alonso’s son๐Ÿ™โ€โ™‚๏ธ, is brought to Prospero from one part of the island. Alonso, Gonzalo ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿฆฑ- the advisor of Alonso, Antonio and Sebastian, Alonso’s brother, are on another part of the shore while Stephano – Alonso’s butler๐Ÿด and Trinculo – Alonso’s jester ๐Ÿคก, are on the other side.

Who is Ariel ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ?

Ariel was imprisoned by the former ruler of the island, the witch Sycorax ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™€๏ธ. Prospero has let him free from Sycorax and follows his orders. While Ariel is set free, Caliban ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ the son of Sycorax is controlled by Prospero. But he hates and curses ๐Ÿคฌ Prospero for ruling him. Prospero educates ๐Ÿ“– Caliban but isn’t thankful for that as he has taken over his power ๐Ÿ’ช.

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“You taught me language, and my profit on’tIs, I know how to curse”.

Caliban | The Tempest (Act I, Scene II)

Ferdinand โค๏ธ Miranda

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Ferdinand and Miranda

“There be some sports are painful, and their labour

Delight in them sets off. Some kinds of baseness

Are nobly undergone; and most poor matters

Point to rich ends. This my mean task would be

As heavy to me as odious, but

The mistress which I serve quickens what’s dead,

And makes my labours pleasures”.

Ferdinand |The Tempest (Act III, Scene I)

Ferdinand is lead to Prospero by the invisible Ariel ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ. Ferdinand falls in love ๐Ÿ’ž with Miranda at once but Ferdinand is kept under the custody of Prospero. Ferdinand and Miranda finds time for each other when Ferdinand works โš’๏ธ. They express their love ๐Ÿ’Œ for each other and decides to get married ๐Ÿ’. This was actually planned ๐Ÿ™‚ and watched ๐Ÿ”Ž by Prospero.

Antonio and Sebastian to Murder Alonso? ๐Ÿคจ

Alonso believes that his son Ferdinand has drowned ๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ and mourns ๐Ÿ˜ฉ for him. Alonso and Gonzalo falls asleep ๐Ÿ˜ด as Ariel plays a music ๐ŸŽผ. Antonio, the crooked brother if Prospero encourages Sebastian to murder ๐Ÿ”ช his brother Alonso to get himself crowned ๐Ÿ‘‘ as the King of Naples. Ariel wakes the sleeping men ๐Ÿ˜ด on time โŒš to prevent the murder๐Ÿ”ช. Stephano and Trinculo with Caliban.

“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows”.

Trinculo |The Tempest (Act II, Scene II)
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Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo

Caliban comes in contact with Stephano๐Ÿด, Alonso’s butler and Trinculo ๐Ÿคก, Alonso’s jester. Caliban misunderstands them as Gods as they offer him wine๐Ÿท. He seeks their help to murder Prospero and promises ๐Ÿค to serve them being the Lord of the island. Ariel ๐ŸŒฌ๏ธ being invisible was listening ๐Ÿ‘‚ their conspiring.

“Give me thy hand. I am sorry I beat thee. But while thou liv’st, keep a good tongue in thy head”.

Stephano | The Tempest (Act III, Scene II)

Will Sebastian Murder Alonso ๐Ÿ˜•?

Sebastian and Antonio tries carry out โฉ the murder but the act is interrupted โŒ by Ariel who appears as a harpy ๐ŸŽท. As a harpy, he sings ๐ŸŽถ that only repentance ๐Ÿ˜ž can save them from their sin done to Prospero. They are shocked ๐Ÿ˜ฒ. Alonso repents the very moment while Sebastian and Antonio refuses ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™‚๏ธ to accept their sin. Prospero suddenly takes them all under his custody ๐Ÿ•ธ.

The Masque ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿฅž

Prospero arranges a masque for Ferdinand and Miranda after blessing ๐Ÿ‘ them in his cave. He then remembers Caliban’s murder ๐Ÿคจ plot against Prospero. He suspends the masque, tricks Caliban ๐Ÿคฅ and chases ๐Ÿฆต the to be murderers.

Prospero Forgives ๐Ÿ™‚

Prospero in the final act of the play, ‘The Tempest’ forgives ๐Ÿ˜” his enemies and decides to give up on his magic ๐Ÿงโ€โ™‚๏ธ . He enters in the scene wearing the robe that he used to wear ๐Ÿงฅ as the Duke of Milan. Alonso apologises ๐Ÿ˜ฃ and is happy ๐Ÿ˜Š to see his son alive. Alonso blesses ๐Ÿ‘ Ferdinand and Miranda.

“The rarer action isIn virtue, than in vengeance”.

Prospero |The Tempest (Act V, Scene I)

Prospero reveals ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ who Stephano and Trinculo are to Cannibal for which feels embarrassed and curses ๐Ÿคฌ himself for mistaking them as Gods ๐Ÿ˜‘. Prospero asks Ariel for the final favour ๐Ÿ˜š, to ensure a safe voyage๐Ÿšข for all of them to Italy ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น and frees Ariel. ‘The Tempest’ ends with an epilogue where Prospero requests ๐Ÿ™ the audience to applaud ๐Ÿ‘ for him.

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A scene from the final act of the play ‘The Tempest’

‘The Tempest’ is complex structured with dialogues ๐Ÿ—’๏ธ in poetic language. The play which opens with a storm ๐ŸŒช๏ธ in a threatening ๐Ÿ˜ก tone ends in a hopefully โ˜บ๏ธ. The tone takes shifts in the play. The storm ๐ŸŒช๏ธ or tempest in ‘The Tempest’ symbolises ๐ŸŽจ the sufferings ๐Ÿ˜ฉ endured by Prospero. The play also makes use of music ๐ŸŽต in many parts of drama.

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Jayesh Yadav · July 15, 2021 at 12:30 am

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