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William Shakespeare

The Tempest

Fiction | Play | Adult | Published in 1611

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Themes

Coping With Betrayal Through Redemption

The main issue in The Tempest is how Prospero can right the wrongs committed against him and return to his rightful place as ruler of the city of Milan. Prospero is a mighty sorcerer whose scheme controls the fate of those who betrayed him. His purpose, however, isn’t revenge but redemption: He wants his betrayers to feel remorse, ask forgiveness, and reinstate him as Milan’s duke. His plan is sophisticated and high minded; for the most part, it succeeds.

While Duke of Milan, Prospero left the city’s administration to Antonio and retreated to his study to master the magic arts. Antonio grew ambitious and plotted with Alonso to overthrow Prospero, cast him out to sea, and install Antonio as Milan’s duke. Prospero and Miranda were spared death through the kindness of Alonso’s counselor Gonzalo, and their ship landed on a faraway island, where they survived for 12 years. Prospero seethes and plots throughout his period of exile.

When Alonso’s ship containing Antonio and others sails past, Prospero seizes the chance to change events: He uses his powers and those of the magical sprite

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