Tempest Study Guides

  • The Tempest

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    A play about forgiveness, magic and the pursuit of justice, The Tempest takes place on an isolated island. The magician Prospero has been on the island for 12 years. He causes a ship carrying the King of Naples, Alonso, and others, to shipwreck upon its shores. Prospero causes the crash so that he can avenge the wrongs committed against him by Alonso years ago. On the island, Alonso's son Ferdinand falls in love with Prospero's daughter Miranda, which paves the way for Prospero and Alonso to be reconciled.

  • A Tempest: Based on Shakespeare's The Tempest Adaptation for a Black Theatre

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    A Tempest: Based on Shakespeare's The Tempest Adaptation for a Black Theatre is a play by Aime Cesaire, published in 1969. It is an adaptation of The Tempest by William Shakespeare with some differences in plot and characters, allowing the play to address issues of post-colonialism, race and oppression. The play follows Prospero, who arrives on an island and enslaves Caliban and Ariel. Unlike Shakespeare, Cesaire's play examines the varying strategies of the enslaved. In the end, Prospero frees only Ariel and still wields power over the island.