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The Tempest Acts III,IV,V

General Response:
Overall I liked The Tempest because it was a nice mixture between a comedy and a romance but I felt that the ending was a bit anti-climactic. Prospero just went back to Milan and likely attended the wedding of Ferdinand and Miranda. I belive it was put best in class by Ashley, "I wanted a fight scene at the end or something of that nature." (forgive me I'm paraphrasing) There is a very unusual epilogue at the end of Act V in which Prospero pleads with the audience for some type of forgiveness. Some interpret this as Shakespeare's goodbye to the theatre. It was rumored that he acted in several of his own plays and perhaps portrayed Prospero in The Tempest. Therefore it would make sense for him to use this stage as a platform to say his farewell.

Act III:
I thought it was really out of the character/implausible for Miranda to ask Ferdinand to marry her. I am your wife, if you will marry me; / If not, Ill die your maid." she basically tells him she will be his wife. For some reason there is a weird lingering theme that Prospero is somehow in charge of Miranda not only because she is his daughter. He is sad to see her leave him and grow up and for this reason he may seem overbearing at times.

Act IV:
The wedding of Ferdinand and Miranda is in the works by now. They are visited by three spirits which Prospero scares away when he remembers there is a plan to kill him by Caliban. Overall this act continues to show the innocense of Miranda. An innocense that she is about to lose to Prospero. Its funny how as a father losing his daughter to another man, Prospero begins to reflect on his own life including his age. Marriage seems to be emphasized in this act as well by the spirits and Ferdinand/Miranda.

Act V:
This act really shows how Prospero has begun to change when he lets the prisoners go. Later Prospero promises to grant freedom to his servant and sends him to help the wrecked boats and their crew. He also decided that he is going to relinquish his magic which is another characteristic that makes him dynamic rather than static.


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