The Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library)

The Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library)

William Shakespeare

Language: English

Pages: 218

ISBN: 0743482832

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Putting romance onstage, The Tempest gives us a magician, Prospero, a former duke of Milan who was displaced by his treacherous brother, Antonio. Prospero is exiled on an island, where his only companions are his daughter, Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and the monster Caliban. When his enemies are among those caught in a storm near the island, Prospero turns his power upon them through Ariel and other spirits.

The characters exceed the roles of villains and heroes. Prospero seems heroic, yet he enslaves Caliban and has an appetite for revenge. Caliban seems to be a monster for attacking Miranda, but appears heroic in resisting Prospero, evoking the period of colonialism during which the play was written. Miranda’s engagement to Ferdinand, the Prince of Naples and a member of the shipwrecked party, helps resolve the drama.

The authoritative edition of The Tempest from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:

-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play

-Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play

-Scene-by-scene plot summaries

-A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases

-An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language

-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play

-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books

-An annotated guide to further reading

Essay by Barbara A. Mowat

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They would not take her life. Is not this true? Ariel Ay, sir. Prospero This blue-eyed285 hag286 was hither brought with 270 child,287 And here was left by the sailors. Thou my slave,288 As thou report’st thyself, wast then her servant, And for289 thou wast a spirit too delicate290 275 SIKorAX 276 because of, from 277 malevolence* 278 was grown ϭ grew 279 circle 280 Algiers, in N. Africa 281 (1) condemned to eternal punishment, by God, or (2) condemned by the Algerian authorities

receives comfort like cold 10 porridge. Antonio The visitor6 will not give him o’er so.7 Sebastian Look, he’s winding up the watch of his wit, by and by8 it will strike.9 Gonzalo Sir – 15 Sebastian One. Tell.10 Gonzalo When every grief is entertained11 that’s offered, Comes12 to the entertainer13 – Sebastian A dollar. Gonzalo Dolor14 comes to him indeed. You have spoken truer 20 than you purposed.15 Sebastian You have taken it wiselier16 than I meant you should. Gonzalo Therefore my

98 landmarks establishing boundaries 99 agricultural work 100 cultivation of vineyards 101 jobs, occupations 102 not working 103 rank, domination, authority 104 in common ϭ of a general/universal 52 act 2 • scene 1 Without sweat or endeavor. Treason, felony, Sword, pike,105 knife, gun, or need of any engine106 155 Would I not have. But nature should bring forth Of it own kind,107 all foison,108 all abundance, To feed my innocent people. Sebastian No marrying ’mong his subjects?

condemnation and a singularly far-fetched reading of The Tempest as a whole, is, quite simply indeed, defective thinking. Item: Ariel. Until the time at which the play opens, this creature of the air, a sprite of nonhuman origin and many supernatural powers, has been one of the small number of personages (four in all) present on the island. He has unequivocally charmed and fascinated audiences and commentators for four hundred years. We know almost nothing of Ariel’s background, other than that

our case39 is miserable. exeunt40 Passengers 25 accomplish, produce 26 the present ϭ the present occasion/affair in hand 27 touch, handle 28 mischance of the hour ϭ disaster/calamity* of the present moment 29 come about (the noun “hap” ϭ luck, chance, fortune)* 30 get, receive 31 it seems to me* 32 sign (physical features were regarded as predictive) 33 look, appearance 34 proverbial: those meant to die by hanging are never drowned 35 stand fast ϭ remain unshaken 36 thick, strong rope

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