An Overview of The Tempest
A tragic comedy. Has the potential to be a comedy, or a tragedy.
A plot that has tragic implications but these are ALWAYS avoided. A catastrophe that seems
about to take place, but somehow the tragedy is averted.
We also have a love story which has a potential for tragedy. Due to the intervention of her
father, the love may never be realized due to the obstacle he places in the way.
Interference with things like spirits (Ariel) etc.
Conspiracy, murder plots, treachery, revenge.
Prospero is able to assume power, he is the ruler of the island. He is abusive, unsympathetic
towards those especially Caliban. Verbally abuses him, using terms to degrade him.
Ariel is an important instrument that he uses to continue ruling and upgrades his intellectual
Prospero is very angry that Ariel would approach him in that way and ask for his freedom.
Prospero also "rules" Caliban who is a very problematic character. Prospero physically abuses
him and Caliban fears his master and his anger.
Miranda treats Caliban in the same sense, she mimics her father Prospero. Despite her goodness
and moral virtues, she is a woman who is nasty and brutal towards them. Like father like