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Play opens aboard a ship in the midst of a tempestuous storm.

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Act One - Play opens aboard a ship in the midst of a tempestuous storm. - The king of Naples and his entourage enter. They don't seem to realise the full importance of the storm much to the annoyance of the Boatswain; "you mar our labour, keep your cabins, you do assist the storm." - The king and his entourage return to their cabins to pray as they realise their doom. - The next scene introduces us to Miranda and her father Prospero - Miranda confronts her father because she believes he conjured up the storm; "if by your art (my dearest father) you have the wild waters in this roar, allay them." - Prospero tells her no harm was done to anybody aboard the "brave vessel" - Miranda learns how they came to be on the island. Prospero was the Duke of Milan but his brother usurped him and left Prospero and baby Miranda drift out to sea in a leaky boat. - Miranda is clearly shocked by his story; "your tale, sir, would cure deafness." - Prospero sends Miranda into an enchanted sleep and calls Ariel. - Ariel tells Prospero nobody was hurt in the ship wreck; "Not a hair perish'd: on their sustaining garments not a blemish." ...read more.


- As Miranda and Ferdinand grow closer, Prospero enters and Miranda pleads with him to stop being so harsh to Ferdinand. - Miranda agrees to marry Ferdinand. "I am your wife, if you will marry me;" - We now see Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo again all drunk. Ariel wreaks havoc between them by imitating Trinculo's voice calling Caliban a liar. Caliban becomes aggravated and Stephano punches Trinculo. "Trinculo, if you trouble him any more in's tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth." - Together they plot to kill Prospero and then Stephano will become King of the island. Ariel hears everything and returns to Prospero. "This will I tell my master." - Scene three opens with the royal party again. - Anthonio and Sebastian are still plotting to kill the King and Gonzalo. - Prospero conjures up a banquet for the King and his entourage. Alonso is amazed. "What harmony is this? My good friends hark!" - The strange shapes have put down a banquet and vanished. The party go to eat the food and Ariel enters disguised as a harpy and the banquet vanishes. - Ariel addresses the Royals who stand amazed and fearful at the sight of the harpy. "You are three men of sin, whom destiny that hath to instrument this lower world and what is in't, the never ...read more.


He then forgives Anthonio for his wrongdoing. "Whom to call brother would even infect my mouth, I do forgive thy rankest fault." - Prospero then brings in Ferdinand and Miranda and Alonso is overjoyed that his son is not dead and also that he has found a wife. - Miranda is amazed by the circle of men and touches them all in turn. "O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here!" - The Boatswain and the Master enter and takes everyone to the newly recovered ship that "but three glasses since we gave out split is tight and yare and bravely rigged as when we first put out to sea." - Before they leave, Ariel drives in Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo. They are all punished for their plot and actions. Caliban seeks forgiveness from Prospero and regrets ever worshipping Stephano. "What a thrice-doubled ass was I to take this drunkard for a god and worship this dull fool." - Ariel is freed by Prospero, and vanishes immediately. - Once everybody has returned to the ship, Prospero delivers a long speech in which he relinquishes his magic for his dukedom. He talks subtly about his death, which he believes will come very soon after he returns to Milan. "But release me from my bands with the help of your good hands." "And my ending is despair, unless I be received by prayer" "Let your indulgence set me free." ...read more.

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