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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
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William Shakespeare, one of the most timeless play writers of all time, stays true to his methods with this later work known as, The Tempest. The play opens with a ship at sea in the midst of a huge storm. With gloom hopes of escape, they are shipwrecked on a magical island thought to be uninhabited. While this is certainly far from the truth, Prospero, the former Duke of Milan resides here with his daughter Miranda, and his two somewhat helpful spirits Ariel and Caliban. Unknown to those who were shipwrecked, it was in fact Prospero who caused the huge tempest that landed them on this magical island. The members of this ship were in fact the ones responsible for putting Prospero on this island in the first place. This is explained soon after the introduction to give the reader an understanding of what is happening. The play from here on consists of a mixture of sub plots woven into one story to create drama, tragedy, and of course some comic relief, as the reader follows the story. The main plot however, is that of Prospero and his transformation from a bitter old man bent on revenge into a wise man who knows not only of humanity and compassion, but also forgiveness. Shakespeare uses betrayal, love, conspiracy, and many others as his tools to portray this story. While the story is rich with twist and turns, deep characters, love and betrayal. This story is not for everyone as the casual reader will find the text itself can be very difficult to follow.

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