The Tempest, William Shakespeare
The Tempest
William Shakespeare
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The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, probably written in 1610–1611, and thought to be one of the last plays that Shakespeare wrote alone. After the first scene, which takes place on a ship at sea during a tempest, the rest of the story is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, a complex and contradictory character, lives with his daughter Miranda, and his two servants—Caliban, a savage monster figure, and Ariel, an airy spirit. The play contains music and songs that evoke the spirit of enchantment on the island. It explores many themes, including magic, betrayal, revenge, and family.

The Tempest

by
William Shakespeare


Dramatis Personae

Alonso, King of Naples.
Sebastian, his brother.
Prospero, the right Duke of Milan.
Antonio, his brother, the usurping Duke of Milan.
Ferdinand, son to the King of Naples.
Gonzalo, an honest old Counsellor.
Adrian,Lord.
Francisco, a Lord.
Caliban, a savage and deformed Slave.
Trinculo, a Jester.
Stephano, a drunken Butler.
Master of a Ship.
Boatswain.
Mariners.

Miranda, daughter to Prospero.

Ariel, an airy Spirit.
Iris, a Spirit.
Ceres, a Spirit.
Juno, a Spirit.

Nymphs,
Reapers,

Other Spirits attending on Prospero.

Scene — A ship at sea: an uninhabited island.

Act I

Scene I. On a Ship at Sea: A Tempestuous Noise of Thunder and Lightning Heard

Enter a Ship-Master and a Boatswain.

Master
Boatswain!

Boatswain
Here,master: what cheer?

Master
Good,
speak to the mariners: fall to’t, yarely, or we run
ourselves aground: bestir, bestir.

Exit

Enter Mariners.

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