Are you interested in English Literature? Are you a High School student and want to know more about one of the best writers in the English language? Today, it’s your lucky day! Watch this book review about one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays: The Tempest, and let me guide you through the reading of this masterpiece of English literature. Let’s go.
The Tempest is a play by English playwright 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. In Act IV, a wedding masque serves as a play-within-the play, and contributes spectacle, allegory, and elevated language.
Though The Tempest is listed in the First Folio as the first of Shakespeare’s comedies, it deals with both tragic and comic themes, and modern criticism has created a category of romance for this and others of Shakespeare’s late plays. The Tempest has been put to varied interpretations—from those that see it as a fable of art and creation, with Prospero representing Shakespeare, and Prospero’s renunciation of magic signaling Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage, to interpretations that consider it an allegory of Europeans colonizing foreign lands.
If you enjoyed watching my book review, I really encourage you to read The Tempest, Shakespeare’s masterpiece of English literature!