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This author is the first to identify a strong biblical basis for The Tempest. Further, she demonstrates that the play's ...
This author is the first to identify a strong biblical basis for The Tempest. Further, she demonstrates that the play's use of biblical imagery, characters, and concepts echo the way these elements were interpreted in the English Mystery Plays. Thus Hall is able to trace the links between The Tempest and the best known religious works of Elizabethan society: the Bible, the Mystery Plays, and the 1559 Book of Common Prayer. These links reveal The Tempest as a profoundly spiritual work, allowing the modern reader to experience the play as a harmonious religious vision.
|I||Bardic Shards, Artifacts and Sources||13|
|II||The English Cultural Climate and Mystery Play Scholarship||25|
|III||Shakespeare's Turbulent Overture||41|
|IV||Shakespearean Typology: The Several Identities of Characters in The Tempest||49|
|V||Biblical Fabrics: Ludus Coventriae and Descriptive Portraits in The Book of Common Prayer and the Bible||73|
|VI||The Language of Belief: Wordplay in The Tempest||93|
|VII||Shakespeare's Paronomastic Plot||107|
|VIII||"All the Tuned Spheres": A Cosmological Framework||121|
|IX||Weaving the Tapestry: Themes, Focus, and Design||135|
|X||Golden Hours, Yellow Sands: Time and Place in The Tempest||147|
|XI||Beyond This "Little Life": A Vision||169|