The Tempest

Topics: The Tempest, Caliban, Djimon Hounsou Pages: 5 (1895 words) Published: March 17, 2013
Prospero's Epilogue
In this assignment I am going to talk about The Tempest by Williams Shakespeare. It is the last play that Shakespeare wrote before his death. It is one of the most magical plays written by him, and also a play that have the topic of colonialism, which was one of the most important topics of the era. Plot:

The Tempest is a play about a man called Prospero who used to be the duke of Milan. He was more concerned with his studies in magic than in his dukedom, so his brother stole his dukedom from him and cast Prospero and Prospero's daughter Miranda out to the sea. Thanks to a friend they managed to survive living in a desert island where Prospero kept learning magic and managed to control the spirits from there. The play starts with a tempest made by one of the spirits, Ariel, and Prospero's magic arts and designed to sink a ship and the people inside, because they are Prospero's brother and some friends of his. In the island everyone gets lost and separated into few groups, and as they go around the island, they find some tricks that Prospero has planned to reunite all of them in his cave. Once he gets to reunite all of them, they are surprised to find that he is still alive. Prospero has a speech, then he forgives everyone and get his dukedom back. His daughter Miranda get to marry with the son of the king of Naples, Ferdinand. Prospero released all the spirits and decided to give up with magic and travel with the other men to Milan for his daughter wedding. Analysis of the text:

The exactly point that I am going to use in this assignment is Prospero's epilogue at the end of the play. The first thing that we can take out of this epilogue is that it is a break with the rest of the play. In the epilogue, Prospero is talking with the public that it is supposed to be watching the play in the theatre. What Shakespeare is doing with that idea is taking the public as a character itself in the play, and, in some way, taking him the role of Prospero, mixing real life with the life of the story. This could be seen as a break in the "magic" of the play, because now, Prospero is talking to the rest of the people. But I think that the idea of Shakespeare is to introduce all of us in the island and make us be a part in the events that are about to happen. He even makes Prospero ask to ourselves for his release from the island, as we can see in: "But release me from my bands with the help of your good hands" (5.1.369-70). He also makes us a transcendental part in the course of his journey, as we can see in "Gentle breath of yours my sails must fill"(5.1.371-72). With that, Shakespeare is not only asking the release of Prospero, but his own release too. It is true that in his case, the release is not from the island, it is from the stage. Maybe this is due to fact that, after The Tempest was finished, Shakespeare left London, and went to live in Stratford.

In keeping with the story, since the beginning, he tells us that he has lost his magic powers due to the fact he has released all the spirits. Now he only counts with his strength. This is not much as we can see here, "And what strength I have’s mine own, which is most faint"(5.1.362-63). From these word we can take a subliminal message that could be that Prospero is going to die soon because now he feels that not much strength remains with him. Considering that now he has almost completed all the things that he wanted to do, maybe is the message that Shakespeare want to give with that sentence. To reinforce this idea we have "where every third thought shall be my grave" (5.1.348-49). It is said by Prospero when he is talking with the rest of the people in the island. Clearly he seems to know that death is close.

The following thing that Prospero says is a request, he seems to be confined in the island, confined until we let him go letting him know that he has commited his idea which was to please. He is afraid to get trapped in the...
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