The Tempest as a story of justice served. . .
“‘What did the poet intend it for?’ - ...This is surely a good question to ask, and anybody who objects at this point that the search for a author’s intention is necessarily a fallacy should be sent about his business” (Watson 31).
Ahh, once again, we have come full circle to the issue of author intent. I feel that Shakespeare intended The Tempest to be a story of justice, not necessarily revenge. Prospero was overthrown by Alonso, his own brother. After being forced to retreat to the island for 12 years, he used his magic to lure them to the island via shipwreck. Throughout the story, there are many forms of revenge that are taking place simultaneously. Prospero has Miranda and Ferdinand wedded without the consent or knowledge of Alonso.
Caliban, Trinculo, and Stefano are all plotting justice to be served to Alonso, even though there is a hint of revenge within their plan. Although they never actually go through with killing Alonso, the intention was there. That's all the reader needs to know in order to realize that justice was the issue.
The Tempest can be read in many different ways, based on what the reader thinks the author's intentions might be. Because I believe that The Tempest was written with the intention of being a story of justice, doesn't mean that I am right. Yet, in order to critique, we must make our own educated judgments towards literature, and then go from there.