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One of Shakespeare's most famous but also enigmatic plays, for many years the story of Prospero's exile from his native Milan, and life with his daughter Miranda on an unnamed island in the Mediterranean, was seen as an autobiographical dramatisation of Shakespeare's departure from the London stage. The Epilogue, spoken by Prospero, claims that "now my charms are all o'erthrown", appeared to reflect Shakespeare's own renunciation of his magical dramatic powers as he retired to Stratford. But The Tempest is far more than this, as recent commentators have pointed out. The dramatic action observes the classical unities of time, place and action, as Prospero uses his "rough magic" to lure his wicked usurping brother, Antonio, and King Alonso of Naples to his island retreat to torment them before engineering his return to Milan.
However, the play is full of extraordinary anomalies and fantastic interludes, including Gonzalo's fantasy of a utopian commonwealth, Prospero's magical servant Ariel, and the "poisonous slave" Caliban. The creation of Caliban has particularly fascinated critics, who have noticed in his creation a colonial dimension to the play. In this respect Caliban can be seen as an American Indian or African slave, who articulates a particularly powerful strain of anti-colonial sentiment, telling Prospero that "this island's mine, by Sycorax my mother,/ Which thou tak'st from me". This has led to an intense reassessment of the play from a post-colonial perspective, as critics and historians have debated the extent to which the play endorses or criticises early English colonial expansion. --Jerry Brotton --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
While its good Shakespeare literature, it's not really my style and therefore I wasn't too into it. I had to read it in my English course, and like most teachers do, she butchered... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Linda Carter
The book does not includes the introduction part.The shipping was on time . But I am not sure if It is the one that I want. But the price is reasonable.Published 23 months ago by Sherry
Although I wasn't expecting a sturdy book since I ordered a paperback, the book is more feeble than most books I own. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2011 by Mariane
The Oxford School Shakespeare series is excellent for students, both high schoolers and undergraduates. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by P. Hildebrand
The Tempest is a play filled with deceit, manipulation and magic. Prospero was dethroned from his dukedom and sent to an island, he uses magic to lure his enemies there. Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by Amelie Kirk
Shakespeare is not my favorite author, although I do understand the concept of his Iambic Pentameter and its style and flourishes are highly regarded. Read morePublished on June 12 2003 by Matt
"The Tempest" is the least interesting Shakespeare play I have read. "Macbeth," "Romeo and Juliet," and "Othello" were much more... Read morePublished on May 16 2003 by Eileen Sims
i watched the bbc television production of this play and my only reaction was, huh? it seemed to be over before it began, and yet, nothing seemed to happen. Read morePublished on May 4 2003