The Tempest

Is ‘The Tempest’ a tragedy or a comedy? Why?

William Shakespeare’s, ‘The Tempest’, includes aspects of both tragedy and comedy. Generally considered Shakespeare’s final play, it is considered the last of his love romance plays. The Tempest includes the tragic element of the treacherous death plans followed by Prospero’s revenge in addition to many comic movements, including the love interests of Miranda and Ferdinand, …

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How does Prospero foil the plot hatched by Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo to murder him?

Prospero summons Ariel, the spirit of air, and instructs him to foil Caliban’s plot to murder him. Ariel informs him that with the help of his musical tune, he lured the three drunken rouges through prickly bushes, thorns and shrubs into a filthy pool. At this time, they were busy dancing in that stinking pool. …

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Give a vivid description of the events that occur in the first scene of the play ‘The Tempest’.

The royal passengers on board the ship amidst a furious storm grow panicky. Alonso, the King of Naples, gets frightened and asks the boatswain to be careful and alert and act with courage. The boatswain is hardly respectful to the King. He rebukes those persons who have rushed towards the deck out of fear. Gonzalo, …

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In what way does Gonzalo stand out from the rest of the characters? What does he say to calm the others?

Though Gonzalo, the old courtier, is frightened, he alleviates the fear due to the situation by saying that the boatswain is not likely to be drowned because he is destined to be hanged. Since he is not to be drowned, with him aboard, the ship will not sink. Though fearful, he maintains the balance of …

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