The Tempest

Play

Writers: William Shakespeare

Context

Scholars generally agree that The Tempest is Shakespeare’s last play written only by himself, and in fact many see Prospero’s Epilogue as Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage. Written in 1610 or 1611, The Tempest contains references to many of the Bard’s previous plays, and in fact the characters themselves seem to be influenced by his tragic heroes and comic reliefs.

Like Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, or The Merchant of Venice, a shipwreck sets in motion the events of The Tempest. However, unlike those previous plays, this shipwreck relies on magic - the only time a character has the

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