Variation of Act 4, Scene 1: the Tempest

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The Tempest was a comedic play written by William Shakespeare. There were several different themes illustrated in the play that represent Shakespeare’s own life along with bits and pieces of several of his past plays. During this play King Alonso and his crew were sailing towards Italy and suddenly found themselves caught in a storm. This Tempest was conjured by Prospero, a sourer living on a nearby island. The crew was washed ashore and the Kings son, Ferdinand, becomes lost. Soon he meets Miranda and is charmed to fall in love with her. “Most sure, the goddess on whom these airs attend. Vouchsafe my prayer may know if you remain upon this island, and that you will some good instruction.” (422-425 p.22Shakespeare) In the next few scenes they decided to get married and live together as prince and princess of Naples. This scene is significant because it relates to Shakespeare life and refers back to the romance of Romeo and Juliette. However this scene is fairly open for interpretation. This scene could have a modern spin while also reverting back to some of the significant parts of Shakespeare previous play. The fact that the play is so versatile allows the director to use it as a tool to convey their own interests as well. Shakespeare starts the scene with Prospero apologizing for being so harsh on Ferdinand. “If I have too austerely punish’d you your compensation makes amends, for I have given you here a third of mine own life, or that for which I live; who one again I tender to my hand.” (1-5 p.64Shakespeare) Prospero knows of their decision to get married and warns Ferdinand to treat Miranda with respect and not to have sex with her until the marriage is legally bound. Prospero then starts an impressive engagement of the couple by conjuring the goddesses, Iris, Juno, and Ceres. The spectacle amazed Ferdinand and Miranda and their love grew stronger as

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