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The Tempest Act I,II

Act I:
One of the first things that I noticed about The Tempest was its incorporation of magic. Prospero does a lot of magic in order to control things in his life and have them go his way. This says a lot about human nature of people and the desperate measures they will goto in order to achieve what they see as a goal. I found that I needed to look up the meaning of Tempest in the context of the story. I found that in the play it is defined as: Furious agitation, commotion, or tumult; an uproar: “The tempest in my mind/Doth from my senses take all feeling” (Shakespeare). The play opens with the natural disaster in the form of a spectacular storm. I thought overall it was kind of weird how the story began in the middle, long after the exile of Prospero had begun and we travel back in some exposition but then jump forward once again.

Act II:
Shipwrecked mariners look around the island where Prospero resides, and they describe it. We really begin to see the magical aspects of the island. The aggressive behavior of Antonio and Sebastian makes Prospero act very defensively. It also puts Alonso in a sympathetic position. He is a potential victim of the duo’s treachery as well.

Acts I, II ASN.

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