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Ideas developed in Act II and III of The Tempest

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What ideas are developed and introduced in acts II & III? During II and III of the tempest, we learn some more about themes and ideas that are initially introduced during the first act. Shakespeare shows a slight allegorical theme about God and humanity through Prospero, Ariel and Miranda. We also learn more about the comical side plot involving Calliban, Trinculo and Stefano. However the playwright links these three characters into a more serious side of the play by involving them with corruption. Shakespeare also gives us some more insight into the quickly growing romance of Ferdinand and Miranda. Shakespeare invites us to look at the possibility of a biblical allegory intertwined in the play. The playwright shows Prospero to the audience as being omnipotent. He does this by showing Prospero's control over his two slaves, and his ability to summon all his spirits, also he must be powerful to conjure up the storm, the effect of this is that the audience will have to take Prospero more seriously and gives the audience another perspective on his character. ...read more.

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The outcome of this is that the audience will find Antonio to be a new kind of evil and not just someone that has a lust for power. This theme of God and humanity and showing the holy trinity being symbolised by Prospero, Miranda and Ariel, and Lucifer being shown as Antonio, simply gives the audience a firmer understanding of who is right and who is wrong. I would like to stress about the comical side plot in 'The Tempest' which involves Calliban, Stefano and Trinculo that acts as a distraction from the serious plot involving Prospero's plan and how it falls into part. Shakespeare uses the three characters to release tension from other climaxes in the play. He uses slapstick comedy mixed with alcohol related humour to create laughs with his audience, because during those times, the many working class people that would have attended his plays would have enjoyed this funny side. ...read more.

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II and III give us more of an insight into the romance between Ferdinand and Miranda, after Shakespeare only gave the audience a glimpse in I. I believe that the romantic side of the play involving the two is a contrast to the other things happening in the play. We usually see a thirst for power, whether it's coming from Antonio and Sebastian, Prospero or Calliban. Even Gonzalo seems to want control when he talks about his utopia. However Shakespeare shows the couple So all in all, Shakespeare uses II and III to introduce some new key themes into the play, and also to reinforce some of the themes like social hierarchy that were established in I. The playwright portrays love between Ferdinand and Miranda and uses it as a sign post to other kinds of love like the love of a father and daughter, and also communal love. Shakespeare also shows ideas of the holy trinity through Prospero, Miranda and Ariel, Shakespeare also portrays Antonio as Lucifer. During II and III, Shakespeare also managed to get across his ideas of power, revenge and corruption. ...read more.

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