History Theatre / TheTempest

8th Jun '17 5:44:15 AM Julia1984
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This play is considered one of Shakespeare's finest, even to this day. Creator/GustaveDore illustrated the story. It inspired the science fiction classics ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' and ''Prospero's Books'', and Music/TheDecemberists song ''The Island'', and the characters appear again in ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' and ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''. Contrary to popular belief, it was ''not'' the Bard's final work (it may have been the last play Shakespeare wrote by himself, but even that is not certain). It's also one of the few plays in which Shakespeare appears to have come up with an original plot [[note]]along with ''Theatre/LovesLaborsLost'', ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', and ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor''[[/note]].

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This play is considered one of Shakespeare's finest, even to this day. Creator/GustaveDore illustrated the story. It inspired the science fiction classics ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' and ''Prospero's Books'', and Music/TheDecemberists song ''The Island'', and the characters appear again in ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' and ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''. Contrary to popular belief, it was ''not'' the Bard's final work (it may have been the last play Shakespeare wrote by himself, but even that is not certain). It's also one of the few plays in which Shakespeare appears to have come up with an original plot [[note]]along with ''Theatre/LovesLaborsLost'', ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'', ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', and ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor''[[/note]].
8th Jun '17 5:43:41 AM Julia1984
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This play is considered one of Shakespeare's finest, even to this day. Creator/GustaveDore illustrated the story. It inspired the science fiction classics ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' and ''Prospero's Books'', and Music/TheDecemberists song ''The Island'', and the characters appear again in ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' and ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''. Contrary to popular belief, it was ''not'' the Bard's final work (it may have been the last play Shakespeare wrote by himself, but even that is not certain). It's also one of the few plays in which Shakespeare appears to have come up with an original plot [[note]]along with ''Theatre/LovesLaborLost'', ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', and ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor''[[/note]].

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This play is considered one of Shakespeare's finest, even to this day. Creator/GustaveDore illustrated the story. It inspired the science fiction classics ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' and ''Prospero's Books'', and Music/TheDecemberists song ''The Island'', and the characters appear again in ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' and ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''. Contrary to popular belief, it was ''not'' the Bard's final work (it may have been the last play Shakespeare wrote by himself, but even that is not certain). It's also one of the few plays in which Shakespeare appears to have come up with an original plot [[note]]along with ''Theatre/LovesLaborLost'', ''Theatre/LovesLaborsLost'', ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', and ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor''[[/note]].
8th Jun '17 5:43:02 AM Julia1984
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This play is considered one of Shakespeare's finest, even to this day. Creator/GustaveDore illustrated the story. It inspired the science fiction classics ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' and ''Prospero's Books'', and Music/TheDecemberists song ''The Island'', and the characters appear again in ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' and ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''. Contrary to popular belief, it was ''not'' the Bard's final work (it may have been the last play Shakespeare wrote by himself, but even that is not certain). It is a rare example of a play in which Shakespeare appears to have come up with an original plot (another is ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor'').

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This play is considered one of Shakespeare's finest, even to this day. Creator/GustaveDore illustrated the story. It inspired the science fiction classics ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'', ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' and ''Prospero's Books'', and Music/TheDecemberists song ''The Island'', and the characters appear again in ''Literature/ProsperosDaughter'' and ''Literature/AMidsummerTempest''. Contrary to popular belief, it was ''not'' the Bard's final work (it may have been the last play Shakespeare wrote by himself, but even that is not certain). It is a rare example It's also one of a play the few plays in which Shakespeare appears to have come up with an original plot (another is ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor'').
[[note]]along with ''Theatre/LovesLaborLost'', ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'', and ''Theatre/TheMerryWivesOfWindsor''[[/note]].
27th Mar '17 9:15:43 AM AnnieLeonhardts
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* OutdoorsyGirl: Miranda is often interpreted as one (such as in the 2010 film), due to her being a FriendToAllLivingThings who's lived on an island most of her life.
16th Oct '16 6:55:30 PM jsonitsac
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* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Shakespeare based this play on the story of the ship the ''Sea Venture.'' Her destination was Jamestown, however, a storm blew her off course to Bermuda where it was wrecked and survivors established a new colony.
11th Aug '16 5:00:53 PM Ciara25
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* {{Irony}} : When Miranda comes in at the climax and sees Alonso, Sebastian and Antonio, she's overjoyed at there being ''more'' humans and exclaims "O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't!" She's using these words to describe usurpers and men who would gladly turn upon their own brothers and rulers; if Antonio had had his way, she and her father would be ''long'' dead.
2nd May '16 3:28:26 PM margdean56
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** Stephano and Trinculo, whilst having nothing to do with the usurping of Prospero, spend the entire play being ridiculed whilst flat out drunk. Trinculo specifically in Act 3 Scene 2, when Stephano constantly beats him as punishment for what the invisible Ariel says.

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** Stephano and Trinculo, whilst having nothing to do with the usurping of Prospero, spend the entire play being ridiculed whilst flat out flat-out drunk. Trinculo specifically in Act 3 Scene 2, when Stephano constantly beats him as punishment for what the invisible Ariel says.



* {{Expy}}: Prospero is often considered to have been inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_dee John Dee]], an adviser to UsefulNotes/ElizabethI. Dee was a practicing occultist who was an early advocate of colonizing the New World - and, contemporary legend had it, he had saved England from the Spanish Armada by using his magic powers to... ''raise a tempest''.

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* {{Expy}}: Prospero is often considered to have been inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_dee John Dee]], an adviser to UsefulNotes/ElizabethI. Dee was a practicing occultist who was an early advocate of colonizing the New World - -- and, contemporary legend had it, he had saved England from the Spanish Armada by using his magic powers to... ''raise a tempest''.



* GenderBlenderName: Yes, confused readers: Ariel is male. Sometimes. See ViewerGenderConfusion. [[note]]Until the latter half of the 20th Century, Ariel was more commonly a male name than a female name. In Israel, this is still the case- recall the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. That said, Ariel is only referred to using masculine gender pronouns twice in the entire play, one of which is a stage direction rather than a line of dialogue, and the character was played exclusively by female actors from the mid-16th century to the 1930s. And then on top of that, Ariel is a shapeshifter, the actor playing Ariel sometimes also plays the goddess Ceres, and the classical conception of the four elements considered air to be hermaphroditic, so honestly, it's little wonder that his gender is so much in question.[[/note]]

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* GenderBlenderName: Yes, confused readers: Ariel is male. Sometimes. See ViewerGenderConfusion. [[note]]Until the latter half of the 20th Century, Ariel was more commonly a male name than a female name. In Israel, this is still the case- recall case--recall the former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. That said, Ariel is only referred to using masculine gender pronouns twice in the entire play, one of which is a stage direction rather than a line of dialogue, and the character was played exclusively by female actors from the mid-16th mid-17th century to the 1930s. And then on top of that, Ariel is a shapeshifter, the actor playing Ariel sometimes also plays the goddess Ceres, and the classical conception of the four elements considered air to be hermaphroditic, so honestly, it's little wonder that his gender is so much in question.[[/note]]



* ParentalMarriageVeto: Subversion - Prospero only ''pretends'' to oppose Ferdinand and Miranda's relationship.

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* ParentalMarriageVeto: Subversion - -- Prospero only ''pretends'' to oppose Ferdinand and Miranda's relationship.



* WhatTheHellHero: Reversed; the moment Prospero decides to back out of his revenge plan - a near-miss "MyGodWhatHaveIDone"

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* WhatTheHellHero: Reversed; the moment Prospero decides to back out of his revenge plan - -- a near-miss "MyGodWhatHaveIDone"
2nd May '16 3:18:50 PM margdean56
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When Antonio, along with a group that includes the King of Naples and his son, Ferdinand, sails by the island, Prospero has Ariel create a storm (the emponymous tempest) to shipwreck them onto the island, so that Prospero may have his revenge. The story ends happily, though, with Prospero forgiving those that wronged him, Ferdinand and Miranda falling in love and getting married, and Ariel getting his hard-earned freedom.

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When Antonio, along with a group that includes the King of Naples and his son, Ferdinand, sails by the island, Prospero has Ariel create a storm (the emponymous eponymous tempest) to shipwreck them onto the island, so that Prospero may have his revenge. The story ends happily, though, with Prospero forgiving those that wronged him, Ferdinand and Miranda falling in love and getting married, and Ariel getting his hard-earned freedom.
15th Mar '16 8:42:57 AM wittylibrarian
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** Ariel does do this to Prospero if this line is read a certain way: "Mine (conscience) would, sir, were it human."
1st Feb '16 2:12:00 PM gallium
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* HiddenDepths: Robert Browning's poem ''Caliban Upon Setebos'', basically Caliban musing on his deity with Darwinist undertones, is an excellent fanfiction on Caliban exploring such depths.

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* HiddenDepths: Robert Browning's Creator/RobertBrowning's poem ''Caliban Upon Setebos'', basically Caliban musing on his deity with Darwinist undertones, is an excellent fanfiction on Caliban exploring such depths.
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