Analysis of "The Tempest" Book Review by Spider

A brief analysis of some of the core themes of William Shakespeare's "The Tempest".
# 151790 | 911 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2012 | KE
Published on Sep 25, 2012 in English (Analysis) , Shakespeare (The Tempest)

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This paper analyses "The Tempest", a play by William Shakespeare. The first theme examined by the paper is the illusion of justice. Another theme explored by the paper is the difficulty in distinguishing 'monsters' from 'men'. The paper also emphasizes the allure of ruling a colony since there is infinite possibility in an inhabited island and Prospero has discovered one such place. Finally, the paper also provides an analysis of some of the major characters.

From the Paper:

"Another theme the author explores is the difficulty in distinguishing 'monsters' from 'men'. When Miranda sees Ferdinand for the first time she remarks that he is the third man she had ever seen. It is safe to assume that the first two are Caliban and Prospero. It is worth noting however that when Miranda and Prospero interact with Caliban they hardly say anything to suggest he was human. Miranda stresses the fact that before she taught him language he merely gabbled like some brutish creature and Prospero insists that he gave Caliban human care; a suggestion that he did not deserve this kind of care. (Shakespeare, 67) The ambiguity of Caliban's nature increases further into the play and at one point Prospero refers to him as a devil. The contradictory views held by Prospero and Miranda concerning Caliban's humanity is evident in the play. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Nostbakken, Faith. Understanding the Tempest: A Student Casebook of Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. USA: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2004. Print.
  • Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. USA: Forgotten Books, 1971. Print.

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