The Tempest

The Tempest This joyous play the last comedy of Shakespeare s career sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill Prospero exiled Duke of Milan living on an enchanted island has the op

  • Title: The Tempest
  • Author: William Shakespeare A.R. Braunmuller Stephen Orgel Peter Holland
  • ISBN: 9780143128632
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • This joyous play, the last comedy of Shakespeare s career, sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, living on an enchanted island, has the opportunity to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises a tempest that drives them ashore as well as to forestall a rebellion, to arrange the meeting of his daughter, MiraThis joyous play, the last comedy of Shakespeare s career, sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, living on an enchanted island, has the opportunity to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises a tempest that drives them ashore as well as to forestall a rebellion, to arrange the meeting of his daughter, Miranda, with an eminently suitable young prince, and, important, to relinquish his magic powers in recognition of his advancing age Richly filled with music and magic, romance and comedy, the play s theme of love and reconciliation offers a splendid feast for the senses and the heart.

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    1. The Tempest, abridged. *or maybe not so abridged. But in my defense, this play is really fucking complicated*MIRANDA: So, um, Daddy, did you notice that huge-ass storm that just crashed a ship on the shore of our previously deserted island? PROSPERO: Wow, is it exposition time already? Okay, kiddo, listen up: I used to be the duke of Milan, but then my asshole brother and the King of Naples put you and me on a boat and we ended up here on Wherever-The-Hell-Island, but luckily it's full of spirit [...]

    2. Simple yet profound, The Tempest is a heartbreakingly sincere piece of elaborate theatrical artifice. Shakespeare is a magician at the height of his powers, so accomplished at his craft that he can reveal the mechanisms of his most marvelous tricks and still astonish us.This time through, I was struck by how closely references to language, freedom, power and transformation are bound up together, and how they all seem to point to some metaphysical resolution, even if they don't finally achieve it [...]

    3. It’s so easy to judge Caliban based upon his actions and his violent speech, but he does have some real problems that cause them. He tried to rape Miranda. This is, of course, an absolutely terrible thing; however, does Caliban actually know this? In his life he has only known two people prior to meeting Prospero and Miranda. The first person he knew of was his mother; she was the evil witch who raised him. This doesn’t sound like a fun childhood. The second person he knew was his mother’s [...]

    4. الجحيم خاوكل الشياطين هاهناماذا أردت أن تقول يا شكسبير بأخر مسرحياتك؟بأخر تلاعباتك في أقدار شخصيات مسرحياتك ك'بروسبيرو'؟أرسلت عاصفة تحطم سفينة بها أخيك،لحمك ودمك، لكنه نفيك وأراد أغراقك ليستولي علي حكموبها الملك الذي اشتراه اخيك بالمال ليبيعكوأخيه الذي سيبيعه ايضا لأن عل [...]

    5. The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's last plays, and somehow he probably knew this as he was writing and producing it: while I was rereading this book for the umpteenth time, I realised how strongly this particular play goes over and wraps up all the thirty-five plays that came before it.The plot is intricate, but could be summed up like so: Prospero lives on a remote island, deposed and exiled from his dukedom of Milan (as in King Lear, as in the Duke in As You Like It, or even the Duke in The T [...]

    6. ****Spoiler alert. Which seems really funny to do with a play over 400 years old.****”Our revels now are endedThese our actors, As I fortold you, were all spirits, andAre melted into air, into thin air,And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,The solemn temples, the great globe itself,Yea, all which is inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,Leave not a rack behind: we are such stuffAs dreams are made on; and our lit [...]

    7. William Shakespeare's last play , that he wrote every word of, the burnt-out, but rich, distinguished gentleman , just wanted to go back to his little, quiet, pretty, home town of Stratford-upon-Avon, and relax, enjoy himself. After more than twenty, strenuous, nevertheless, productive years of writing for the stage, he needs the calm and leave noisy London, far, far, behind. Besides Shakespeare is pushing 50, old for the time, (17th century ) his illustrious career, unmatched, then or now The T [...]

    8. "Your tale, Sir, would cure deafness!" These words, spoken by the lovely character Miranda, listening to her father Prospero telling her of the political misfortunes of their previous life, apply to almost anything Shakespeare put on stage!Whenever I try to review a favourite play by the Bard, I inevitably have to reread, to ponder, to think. What does this mean to me, at this moment in time? Why to I revisit this play - again? And why do I have to add to the countless words spoken on the words [...]

    9. Shakespeare’s last play is a stroke of a genius. Defying categorization, The Tempest is the hybrid result of merging tragedy, comedy and fantasy that condenses The Bard's genius in the symbolical representation of the world through the demirugical elements of Greek mythology.The setting takes place on an exotic island where Prospero and his astonishingly beautiful daughter Miranda have lived in exile for the last twelve years. Overthrown by his treacherous brother, Prospero has crowned himself [...]

    10. "Your tale, sir, would cure deafness."The first time I read Shakespeare was when I was around ten years old. I borrowed a collected edition of translated Shakespearian plays from my library just because I heard someone talk about him. I read around half a dozen of his famous plays like a pro. and everything I read went over my head. There were merchants, betrayal, ghosts, blood, somebody's skull! What's happening?But Tempest was an exception. My younger version loved that play because it had MAG [...]

    11. Book Review3 of 5 stars to The Tempest, a play written around 1610 by William Shakespeare. Ever wonder where the word prosperous came from? Or did Shakespeare name the lead character in this play Prospero as a nod to the word prosperous? They are one in the same sort of. Prospero's been cast off onto an island and wants to restore a life for his daughter. Thru trickery and imagination, he succeeds in a manner of speaking, and though it's a troubled path, he learns his lessons in the end. I reall [...]

    12. Well this was okay??-my funeral is in a month, i hope to see y'all there. cause of death: reading this boring shit in class

    13. Prospero manipulates his daughter Miranda, the prince Ferdinand, his father (the King of Naples), Ariel, Caliban, and the rest of the cast! But in the end **spoiler warning here, if anyone actually needs it** he sets his slaves free and forgives those who've wronged (tried to murder) him, and also has some really excellent lines, so it's all good.Review to come.Initial comments: The "book from the 1600s" space is one of the last few that need to be filled in on my 2016 Classics Bingo card. I tri [...]

    14. Knowing that The Tempest is most likely Shakespeare's final play, it's hard to avoid noticing the hints of retirement in the text. Toward the end of the final act, Prospero solemnly describes the conclusion of his practice of the magic arts, just as Shakespeare might describe the end of his writing career:Have I given fire and rifted Jove's stout oakWith his own bolt; the strong-based promontoryHave I made shake and by the spurs pluck'd upThe pine and cedar: graves at my commandHave waked their [...]

    15. The Tempest, William Shakespeare تاریخ نخستین خوانش: پنجم ژوئیه سال 1972 میلادی؛عنوان: طوفان؛ نویسنده: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ مترجم: ابراهیم یونسی؛ تهران، نشر اندیشه، 1351؛ چاپ دوم 1357؛ در 174 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، دادار، سماط، 1383؛ در 144 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نگاه، 1393، در 157 ص؛ شابک: 9786003760110؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه ها [...]

    16. As part of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, I needed to read a play and what better play to read than “The Tempest” having recently read and adored Margaret Atwood’s retelling in “Hag-Seed.” I have an even greater appreciation of “Hag-Seed” having read the original again. It had been more than twenty years since I’ve read Shakespeare. I found it simultaneously difficult to navigate the Old English and thematically extremely relevant to modern day. There is so much complexity [...]

    17. “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”Believed to have been written in 1611, this may have been one of his last plays. The mature bard, he would have been 47 at this time and with only 5 more years left in this world, created in my humble opinion one of his finest plays.“d then, in dreaming, / The clouds methought would open and show riches / Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked / I cried to dream again.”Telling the tale of shipwrecked Prospero, the sorcerer Duke of Milan, and [...]

    18. What was that?I expected a long drawn out battle of mariners versus a violent sea. There's a few lines of sailors fighting a storm at the start and then the rest is played out on land. Ah, "played," there's the nub! For this is an early 17th century play meant for the stage. Not a likely time and place for a lavish production with a water tank, ship and wind machine, though that would've been hella cool. Some Shakespeareanophile tell me my envisioned production went down at least once back in th [...]

    19. از بی مزه ترین کمدی های شکسپیر بود! به غیر از چند بخش کوتاه، واقعاً نکته ی طنزآمیزی نداشت، مگر این که توی زبان انگلیسی بازی با الفاظ هایی کرده باشه که توی ترجمه همه از دست رفته. تنها دلیلی که می تونم برای "کمدی" نامیده شدن این نمایشنامه سراغ بگیرم، اینه که اون دوره ژانرها به شکل ا [...]

    20. “Let us not burden our remembrances with a heaviness that’s gone.”"The Tempest" is Shakespeare's last great play, and in an oddly appropriate manner it is very different from much of his earlier efforts. Unlike most of Shakespeare's work, "The Tempest" seems to have come mostly from the Bard's own mind, and does not have source materials from which Shakespeare lifted the plot. Pulling from a few current events and bits and pieces of the literature of the day Shakespeare constructed a piece [...]

    21. Relectura septiembre 2017* Reseña de 2014 "No tengáis miedo; la isla está/ llena de ruidos,/ sonidos y aires dulces, deliciosos,/ que no lastiman./ Algunas veces tañen/ mil instrumentos y me ronronean/al oído; otras me vienen voces []" Siento que cuando reseño a Shakespeare me vuelvo repetitiva. Cada obra es interesante, única, atrapante… Y sí, “desopilante” también, sobre todo si tomamos en cuenta que hasta en las tragedias hay escenas en donde los payasos de la obra hacen de las [...]

    22. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.” The last time I read a Shakespearean play was in High School: not because I had to for class, but because the author gave a character in one of his plays my name (and oh joy: Puck the Fae was as small and twiggy as I was in my teens). This time the bad autumn weather was the reason for me picking up Shakespeare again, and where Richard III and Macbeth are filled with dramatic tension, the Tempest surprise [...]

    23. I might as well admit I don't understand what it's about - it's still absolutely gorgeous to listen to. Here are my three favourite bits. Bronze goes to what's generally considered Shakespeare's farewell to the dramatic arts: Now I wantSpirits to enforce, art to enchant,And my ending is despair,Unless I be relieved by prayer,Which pierces so that it assaultsMercy itself and frees all faults.As you from crimes would pardon'd be,Let your indulgence set me free.Silver to the following, surely one o [...]

    24. I read this in one day. It wasnt horrible, im just nervous because I have a test over it on friday and I have noooo clue what the theme or anything is because it seemed kinda flat. time to sparknotes an analysis

    25. Frankly the title has long pushed me to read this play, I expected to find stories of the kind where the storm rises and sailors must simply face it The storm here is an entity to full respect of the past that rises from the ashes of this that moves as the storm itself and the future which is the sum of a thirst for revenge and the interpellation to indulgence Behind the tempest hides a story, that of Master Prospero, master because he is not only the supreme chief of the island but he is also t [...]

    26. I've not written much of anything about Shakespeare's individual plays for GR, mostly because the in-depth reading I did of them was a long time ago (my senior dissertation in college was on Hamlet)- but I can't let such a wondrous piece of writing as The Tempest go unremarked upon. It is thought to have been written around 1610, that is, around 400 years ago, and also thought to be Shakespeare's final play- there are subtle textual biddings-adieu from the Bard throughout- and to my mind, it is, [...]

    27. I think The Tempest would have worked better as a tragedy. I don’t know why William didn’t consult with me first. I would have advised him to end his career with a bang: Sebastian would murder his brother Alonso, Antonio would murder Gonzalo, Caliban would have Stephano kill Prospero, Miranda would cry, Ferdinand would have discovered his father dead and murder his uncle, Miranda wouldn’t have the guts to kill her uncle Antonio, but she and Ferdinand would capture him and Caliban and aveng [...]

    28. … We are such stuffas dreams are made on, and our little lifeIs rounded with a sleep.Prospero, IV.i.156easily 41/2 starssynopsisThe play begins on a ship caught in a violent storm with Alonso, the king of Naples, on board. He is accompanied by his son Ferdinand, his brother Sebastian, his butler Stephano, and his jester Trinculo. Also on board is Antonio, the Duke of Milan, and Gonzalo, an honest old councilor.On a nearby island is Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, who was many years past [...]

    29. 3.8/5mini-review because i have to go to work in ~4 minutes: not my favorite shakespeare - weirdly, it felt as though not a lot happened - but as beautifully written as they all are. some of the themes seemed a bit iffy (not entirely sure what lesson Caliban's character portrays in terms of slavery :/) but others were spot on (i'm looking at you, negatives of colonization and nature's superiority to man!). i also loved the motifs of the sea and the heavens. & if i can force myself to forget [...]

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