Compare The Tempest Play and Movie: Themes, Gender Switches and Caliban’s Portrayal

The Tempest is a play originally written by William Shakespeare in the early 1600s, however since then it has been previewed in different movies and plays, such as the one directed by Julie Taymor in 2010. The play contains many different themes, however forgiveness and repentance are the two most emphasized. When the movie is … Read more

William Shakespeare’s Last Play, The Tempest: Uncovering the Resemblances with Prospero and Magic

The Tempest by William Shakespeare is portrayed as one of the most magical plays as well as his last play. One of the most prominent figures in the play, Prospero, is known to wield a formidable power of art and expertise in having absolute authority. Many argue that Prospero is an extension of Shakespeare for … Read more

Power Grabs and Revenge in Shakespeare’s The Tempest: Uncovering Caliban and Prospero’s Desires to Rule the Island

n William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, almost every character in the play desires to obtain power and eventually become the lord of the island. The drama is filled with tricks and schemes that are used by the characters in order to throw others off their path or boost an individual’s own command. In the beginning, we … Read more

Caliban and Prospero as Natives and Colonizers: The Tempest

William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest is a tragicomedy that makes conscious points about postcolonialism in the New World. The play tells a story about Prospero, who is trying to regain his dukedom from his brother Antonio after he is exiled to live on an island with his daughter, Miranda. Prospero arrives at Sycorax’s island and … Read more

Distinctions between illusion and reality in The Tempest and Macbeth

Shakespeare was an expert at making people and things appear to be what they aren’t. Whether it be women disguised as men, characters posing as friends and family whilst planning to commit deceit, and characters being driven mad; identities are consistently blurred and misguided. In many cases, the idea of appearance and reality is the … Read more

Colonialism in The Tempest (Barbara Fuchs’ Conquering Islands: Contextualizing The Tempest)

In Barbara Fuchs’ Conquering Islands: Contextualizing The Tempest, the writer discusses the modern interpretations of The Tempest by William Shakespeare is Americanized in that its readers believe The Tempest to be a representation of the European conquest on America; however, Fuchs believes that, although this belief keeps The Tempest relevant, it is a representation of … Read more

Characterization of Caliban in The Tempest

In The Tempest, Caliban is described as a “savage,” a “demi-devil,” a “hag-seed,” and a “strange fish,” but he could also be described as a “native.” Scholars have speculated him to represent how the English would’ve reacted to the Native Americans in the New World. Others have stated that his character represents the fear of … Read more

Character development of Caliban in the Tempest

We are introduced to Caliban in the latter half of the first act of the Tempest. Caliban is the son of the malevolent witch Sycorax, and is one of the most intricate characters of this play. Caliban’s multifaceted nature is slowly revealed throughout the play. Caliban is described as a “blue-eyed hag” and a “freckled … Read more

Julie Taymor’s Titus Andronicus and The Tempest

Shakespeare wrote his plays for everyone, never just for aristocrats and nobles or the middle and lower class. He made his works to be relatable to all. As centuries passed, the original visions of his works were lost. Now a day, artists are often compelled to ‘dumb down’ his works so audiences can understand and … Read more

Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Margaret Atwood’s Hag-seed

The involute and incitant amalgamation of the macrocosmic themes of revenge, tragedy, comedy and romance within Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ has inspired many modern authors, such as Margaret Atwood’s adaptation of this text, ‘Hag-seed’. Both texts explore the metaphorical and literal designates of confinement. They withal highlight the damaging consequences revenge can have on a person, … Read more

Harry Jaffa – Shakespeare (Tempest, Macbeth, Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure)

Harry Jaffa begins his article by saying that Shakespeare is the only known poet who has written both tragic and comedy plays. He says there is no direct evidence that shows if Shakespeare was influenced by Socrates or not because his work has intelligibility to it. He quotes Leo Strauss when drawing a connection between … Read more

Theatrical references in The Tempest, Macbeth and As You Like It

Shakespeare is well known for placing many theatrical references in his plays. They can be found in The Tempest, Macbeth, and perhaps most famously in Jaques “All the world’s a stage” speech in As You Like It. Despite this running theme, the use of this theatrical metaphor stands out much more noticeably in Hamlet. In … Read more

Margaret Atwood’s 21st-century metafictive novel Hag-Seed (2016)

Composers overtime continue to focus their texts on humanity’s flaws to reveal the evil of man. The idea of humanity being easily manipulated and tempted to commit evil is collectively explored by both composers in their textual conversations. Margaret Atwood’s 21st-century metafictive novel Hag-Seed (2016) crafts a textual conversation with William Shakespeare’s Jacobean pastoral play … Read more

The Tempest – William Shakespeare / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Literature books Summary The Tempest – William Shakespeare King Alonso of Naples, his son Ferdinand and a few others sail home after attending the wedding of Alonso’s daughter in Italy. They encounter a rough storm which is caused by Prospero. He lives on an island with his daughter Miranda and Ariel, a spirit who is … Read more

Racism and Wilderness in “The Tempest”

Impressive or thoughtful?  In his argument Ronald Takaki indicates the reader that, the meaning might be deeper than one might assume when the play “The Tempest” is watched or read. One might think it is only sightly and impressive, but characteristic features and setting open up a “New World” for us in the eyes of … Read more

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and the Tempest

Shakespeare’s work has always been one to influence and touch people around the world for years. The themes behind each of his writings are known for their deep meanings and applicability to a persons life. For instance, Romeo and Juliet and The Tempest both have themes and messages within them that are meaningful. The story … Read more

Miranda’s Lost Sense of Self in The Tempest: Loomba Analysis

 In “From Gender, race, Renaissance Drama,” Ania Loomba discusses Miranda from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and the schooling she receives from her father that is based on obedience, where he holds power over her life as property and an exchange. Because Miranda was growing up on an island without any other female figures, she … Read more

Sail Away with Shakespeare: Discussing Inspiration from the 1609 Wreck of the Sea Venture in The Tempest

 Alexander Kino Mrs. Scheidegger English 9H 25 May 2018 Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the Wreck of the Sea Venture   “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” – Charles Caleb Colton (Charles). And imitate is exactly what William Shakespeare did. In his final drama The Tempest, Shakespeare draws heavy inspiration from the wreck of … Read more

Enchantment & Disenchantment in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” & Jonson’s “The Alchemist

 In order to evaluate enchantment and disenchantment in Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Jonson’s The Alchemist, the terms and the dynamic that incorporates them, has to be defined. Jason Crawford defines enchantment against disenchantment, signalling a co-dependant relationship. Referencing Max Weber’s philosophy that “disenchantment is modernity” (qtd in Crawford 1), he employs enchantment “as the … Read more

The Tempest – William Shakespeare / Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Tempest – William Shakespeare King Alonso of Naples, his son Ferdinand and a few others sail home after attending the wedding of Alonso’s daughter in Italy. They encounter a rough storm which is caused by Prospero. He lives on an island with his daughter Miranda and Ariel, a spirit who is also Prospero’s servant. … Read more

About The Tempest

The Tempest by William Shakespeare is portrayed as one of the most magical plays as well as his last play. One of the most prominent figures in the play, Prospero, is known to wield a formidable power of art and expertise in having absolute authority. Many argue that Prospero is an extension of Shakespeare for their supremacy throughout the scene, along with outstanding mastery in art and the epilogue that explicitly demonstrates resemblances between the two.

Throughout the play, Prospero is notably always in control of the situation, just like how Shakespeare is in control of the play. For instance, when Prospero pretends to oppose the love between Miranda and Ferdinand. Audience knows that he only did that in order to make them value their love given that he thinks its too effortless. With this in mind, it is important to note that Ferdinand is separated from his companion due to Prospero’s magic. The fact that Prospero starts a scheme to make them fall in love in the first place implies that he is displaying the role of a playwright. Prospero continuously demonstrate his authority by pulling strings and leave nothing at fate. At the same time, Shakespeare also manipulates his play, particularly in plays revolving around magic. Most compelling evidence is that there are trapdoors to make actors or objects suddenly appear on the stage, as well as using different objects to produce certain sound effect. This suggests that Shakespeare has ultimate control over the stage. Thus, similarities between Prospero and Shakespeare are depicted through their ability to manipulate the situation throughout the play.

Prospero is considered as a remarkably talented magician, which corresponds to Shakespeare who is regarded as the most prominent and influential playwright from the renaissance period. Both the magician and playwright utilises people and objects to generate dramatic effect, meaning that Prospero’s magic is comparable to Shakespeare’s plays. Prospero has mastery over his art to perform magic tricks such as enchantments, summon storms, or even to be invisible. However, many can only see the outcome of his magic and often overlooked at the efforts and sacrifice he made to master his art. It is crucial to realize that Prospero studies magic for a very long time and even “pushed his duties of Duke of Milan aside,” which leads to his down turn in the beginning of the play (Smith 2016). In other words, Prospero sacrifices his time and his duty to pursue his art. Shakespeare, similarly, has enjoyed both “fame and considerable critical attention” throughout his life. He faces challenges such as his unique language and audience’s reaction, especially in topics reflecting society. Nonetheless, he continues to practice his art despite the controversial. Given these points, it is necessary to see how a great deal of practices is needed to achieve a certain level of mastery. Both of them put in a large amount of effort to their art.

The epilogue significantly represents Shakespeare through Prospero in the use of language and by breaking the fourth wall, which allows Prospero to address the audience directly. Since this is Shakespeare’s last play, the epilogue has a notable symbolism. Some argue that Prospero’s intention to renounce his magic corresponds to how Shakespeare is retiring. From line 7 in the epilogue, “And pardon’d the deceiver, dwell,” audience can see that Prospero is asking for forgiveness. This can be further interpreted that when Shakespeare wrote this play, this theme is still new, therefore he doesn’t know whether the outcome will be more positive or negative. Another key point is that there are many symbolism in words that Prospero is using, such as “Island” which figuratively means Shakespeare’s stage, and “release me from my bands” means he wants the audience to release him from his career. In the last line, Shakespeare asks the audience to clap for him in the hope that they are satisfied, meaning that he wants the audience to be happy, just like Prospero, who wants people on the island to be happy. Through this, the audience can speculate that Shakespeare is actually saying his farewell in the epilogue of his last play.

All things considered, The Tempest allows readers to get a reminiscent of Shakespeare through Prospero. Shakespeare successfully tell his points by creating similarities between him and Prospero and make readers capture his points. To conclude, The Tempest is packed with countless fascinating minutiae that allows audience to grasp the beautiful meanings behind each word.


Writing an essay on The Tempest: key points for discussion

  1. Themes of Revenge and Forgiveness: The central plot of The Tempest revolves around Prospero’s desire for revenge against his usurpers, and his eventual forgiveness of them.
  2. The Nature of Power: The Tempest explores the complex relationship between power and authority, as well as the moral implications of using power for personal gain.
  3. Exploration of Race and Colonialism: The Tempest offers an exploration of race and colonialism, and the ways in which colonial powers can exploit and oppress those they consider to be of a lower status.
  4. The Role of Magic: Magic plays a significant role in The Tempest, as Prospero uses it to manipulate the other characters and influence the outcome of the plot.
  5. Exploration of Gender Roles: The Tempest offers an exploration of the gender roles at play in the play and the ways in which these roles can be challenged.
  6. The Role of Music: Music is a major theme in The Tempest, and its use to evoke emotion and to portray relationships between characters is central to the play.
  7. The Role of Nature: Nature plays an important role in The Tempest, both in the physical environment of the island and in the metaphorical implications of the storm that Prospero conjures.
  8. Exploration of Language: The Tempest explores the nature of language and its power to shape relationships and influence outcomes.