Monday, January 16, 2017

Review: The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Summary from Goodreads:

In The Tempest, long considered one of Shakespeare's most lyrical plays, Prospero—a magician on an enchanted island—punishes his enemies, brings happiness to his daughter, and comes to terms with human use of supernatural power. The Tempest embodies both seemingly timeless romance and the historically specific moment in which Europe begins to explore and conquer the New World. 

Its complexity of thought, its range of characters—from the spirit Ariel and the monster Caliban to the beautiful Miranda and her prince Ferdinand -its poetic beauty, and its exploration of difficult questions that still haunt us today make this play wonderfully compelling. 

The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11. It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place, using illusion and skilful manipulation. The eponymous tempest brings to the island Prospero's usurping brother Antonio and the complicit Alonso, King of Naples. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's low nature, the redemption of Alonso, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand.

My Review:

The Tempest was technically a short read, it is only around 100 pages but it was a challenge to get through because of the language and the strange plot.

I noticed a few main themes, like prison and revenge, and it helped that I just finished up a Shakespeare 100 class in the fall. I still struggled to grasp the main message and the plot of The Tempest and it that made it a difficult read for me.

The characters were the best aspect of the play, they were strange (Caliban, Ariel), and I did enjoy the romance between Miranda and Ferdinand. I believe this play is best expeienced on the stage instead of in text form.

I recommend reading this play if you are a fan of Shakespeare but reading a summary of the events before jumping in was really helpful.

My Rating:

3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars

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