By William Shakespeare
Placing romance onstage, The Tempest offers us a magician, Prospero, a former duke of Milan who was once displaced through his treacherous brother, Antonio. Prospero is exiled on an island, the place his purely partners are his daughter, Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and the monster Caliban. while his enemies are between these stuck in a typhoon close to the island, Prospero turns his energy upon them via Ariel and different spirits.
The characters exceed the jobs of villains and heroes. Prospero turns out heroic, but he enslaves Caliban and has an urge for food for revenge. Caliban looks a monster for attacking Miranda, yet seems heroic in resisting Prospero, evoking the interval of colonialism within which the play used to be written. Miranda’s engagement to Ferdinand, the Prince of Naples and a member of the shipwrecked occasion, is helping unravel the drama.
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