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The Tempest by William Shakespeare
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The title of the play, The Tempest, represents the storm that disrupts the characters and their social order. Initially the play begins with a fierce storm at sea that endangers all the occupants of the capsizing ship. The mood is very ominous and bleak with most of the men overcome by fear. From chaos rises the boatswain who, though lowly in rank, rises to give orders and take control. He remains fearless and skillfully manages the boat, which represents his domain and kingship. At this point King Alonso is helpless and all social order begins to disintegrate. This is exactly what Prospero wants to occur. From this discord he intends to rebuild the kingdom that he lost twelve years prior.

Prospero separates the players and divides them to his advantage. Then though magic and cunningness he approaches them all separately and plays on their weaknesses. He temps Ferdinand with the love of his daughter when he feels isolated, alone, and abandoned on an unknown island. Alonso is languished by the thought of having lost his son at sea after just giving his daughter in marriage to the Prince of Tunis. With his children gone, he believes he is being punished for his past evil deeds. He gladly reconciles with Prospero and the union of their families is accomplished with the marriage of Prospero’s daughter, Miranda to Ferdinand. Prospero proves to be a power hungry noble that enjoys creating chaos and fear in those that were disloyal to him. He tests each man’s loyalties and rewards those who have proven to be worthy of his trust. He gives Ferdinand his daughter. Ensures Miranda that her queen ship will continue even after his death by orchestrating a good marriage for her. He returns to his rightful reign as Duke of Milan. To his faithful servant, Arial, he gives freedom. The rest he leaves weaker than before with all their fragility exposed. He leaves Caliban isolated on an island with no one to rule, a prisoner unto himself. From the storm arises the justice of a newly established order that ultimately benefits the opportunist Prospero.
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