Main Attractions and Facts of The Tempest
➡ The Tempest is said to have been composed in 1610– 11. Since Shakespeare passed away in 1616, also his creation of somewhat later plays like Two Noble Kinsmen is believed to be co-composed with others. The Tempest is viewed as Shakespeare’s last solo work.
➡ The Tempest is set (as almost as we can decide on a play that happens in an imaginary world) in the Mediterranean Sea, among Spain and Italy.
➡ There are seven songs demonstrated in The Tempest, more than in any other Shakespeare’s play.
➡ Miranda has just 154 lines in the play; Prospero’s has 656, which is 32% of the lines in the play. This is a decent example of how characters who don’t gab are similarly important in character and plot.
➡ Shakespeare as often as possible drew on authentic figures or well-known stories as motivation for his plays. But for The Tempest, the most likely source is a point by point record of the wreck of the Sea-Venture, lost in Bermuda in 1609 on its approach to Virginia.
➡ Where would the island setting of The Tempest most likely be? As indicated by pieces of information in the content, right off the coast of Sicily.
➡ Since this is viewed as Shakespeare’s last play, Prospero’s mystical command of the island is prevalently read as Shakespeare’s command over his created stories and characters. This thought is mostly borne out in the discourse in Act 5 wherein Prospero revokes his magical capacities: “I break my staff… and down my book.”
➡ This could undoubtedly parallel the writer resigning from the enchantment of the stage. In pretty much every play, Shakespeare has his characters muse on how life and theatre are interwoven: People as performing artists, the world as a stage, changed identity through wearing camouflage, and so forth.; so this hearing of Shakespeare’s “voice” in Prospero’s words is very satisfying.
➡ In Shakespeare’s time, an epilogue was typical “a conventional expression of humility at the end of a play, apologizing for any inadequacy in the performance and asking for applause,” as defined by Shakespeare scholar linguist David Crystal
The epilogue to The Tempest, talked by Prospero, is a standout amongst the most well known in Shakespeare’s plays, along with Puck’s toward the end of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Rosalind’s toward the end of “As You Like It”.
Think About The Text
Q.1 What did Miranda first think Ferdinand was and why? Were Ferdinand and Miranda”s love at first sight true?
Ans. At first, Miranda thought that Ferdinand was a spirit. She thought so because she did not expect a human being having the beautiful features Ferdinand was in possession of. Moreover, she had never seen any handsome young man. She had only seen her father namely Prospero and Caliban.
Ferdinand and Miranda’s love was definitely the love at first sight.