The Tempest Act V Summary
Act V is the final scene in the play The Tempest, by William Shakespeare. Prospero is the main character of this play, and is also a powerful magician. He has had many unfortunate events happen in his life. He was the Duke of Milan until his evil brother conspired against him with Alonso the King of Naples. Stranded on some remote island, Prospero only has his daughter to keep him company for the past twelve years. Fate would have it that a boat full of his enemies has passed by his island, where he raises a storm over the sea and wrecks the far off ship.
The sixth hour has come along for the spirit servant, Ariel, who has been waiting patiently for his freedom, and Prospero is still in agreement with the terms. Prospero asks him about the prisoners, which are being held in a secluded grove, and requests to have them brought to him. As Ariel is on his was to release the prisoners, Prospero delivers a soliloquy, saying that after one final act of magic he would be giving up his powers. This would be done by destroying his magical staff and the powerful magic book. This is a life changing moment for the rightful Duke of Milan.
Ariel returns back to Prospero with the captive Alonso and the other prisoners. Still under a spell, the prisoners calmly listen to Prospero while he criticizes them. Gonzalo is the only person who is praised for his loyalty. The spell is taken off the prisoners and Prospero continues to speak to them. Antonio is forgiven for stealing his brother’s position when Prospero is given back his right to dukedom. He talks of a safe return home for the whole crew and a wedding for his daughter. The story ends with Prospero talking about not having his magical powers anymore.
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