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The Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library Series)
     

The Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library Series)

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by William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat (Editor), Paul Werstine (Editor), Barbara A. Mowat (Editor)
 

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Putting romance onstage, The Tempest gives us a magician, Prospero, a former duke of Milan who was displaced by his treacherous brother, Antonio. Prospero is exiled on an island, where his only companions are his daughter, Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and the monster Caliban. When his enemies are among those caught in a storm near the island, Prospero turns his

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The Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library Series) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
pineappletop92 5 months ago
This is the first Shakespeare play I read for myself, rather than for school or a project. I decided last year I wanted to read more Shakespeare plays, since I work in theatre and I do enjoy most of his work, but sadly never actually got around to it. I knew that The Tempest was going to be the first one I read, though, and it wasn’t until I received an egalley of Miranda and Caliban by Jaqueline Carey from Edelweiss that I finally pushed myself to actually pick it up and read it. The Tempest is a decent play, with lots of characters and a fast-paced plot that moves along almost too quickly. Each of the characters is interesting in their own way, although I feel that some were a little glossed over. The character growth did not seem all that exceptional, with Prospero’s change of heart at the end seeming too sudden and contrary to his decade-long thirst for vengeance. The king and his men did not even seem to go through any character growth at all, and the attitude towards Caliban was almost unchanged by the end. I think mostly I felt annoyed at how everything suddenly got wrapped up in Act V when in the act before Prospero was still causing havoc for these men who had deceived him in the past. While there were some scenes that were enjoyable and interesting to read, I found some of the characters to be uninteresting and lacking in growth in several places. Of those characters, Miranda and Caliban were two that I most definitely wanted to see more insight into (Miranda being the only female in the entire show, and Caliban being hated and abused for his appearance and mother), and am still therefore highly interested in reading Miranda and Caliban to see what someone else might make of them. Overall, an interesting read and something I would still be intrigued to see staged live (especially from a technical point of view), but not one of my more favorite Shakespeare plays.
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This is one of Shakespeare's comedies. It has moments of humor, but the plot is pretty far-fetched and involves a bit too much sorcery and wandering drunkenly about a deserted island for my taste.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Tempestis a gorgeous fairy tale of a play and a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers.