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Shakespeare's Play Reading Course.

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Course Title: Shakespeare's Play Reading Course convener: Maxim Parr Name: Dawn (Lily Zhao) Student Number: 410107056 Year: 2nd Major: English If by your art, my dearest father, you have(1) Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.(2) The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch,(3) But that the sea, mounting to the welkin's cheek,(4) Dashes the fire out. O, I have suffered(5) With those that I saw suffer: a brave vessel,(6) Who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her,(7) Dash'd all to pieces. O, the cry did knock (8) Against my very heart. Poor souls, they perish'd.(9) Had I been any god of power, I would(10) Have sunk the sea within the earth or ere(11) It should the good ship so have swallow'd and(12) The fraughting souls within her.(13) This is from Act 1, Scene 2 in Shakespeare's comedy The Tempest that is set in the island before Prospero's cell. It is the first time two of the main characters in this play, Prospero and Miranda, are introduced to the audience. In this speech by Miranda, she expresses her strong piteous concern for the people suffered from the sea storm created by her father and her affliction caused by this, which gives us a general idea of this girl's personality. ...read more.

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Meanwhile, the female speaker, the daughter of this mysterious person, disapproves this strongly which is shown by the jussive mood she uses in this sentence. The second sentence gives the audience the descriptions of the scenery in the storm, which has been witnessed by Miranda. Personification is used to help represent the horror of the tempest and make audience feel like they are personally on the scene. "The sky" could, "pour down" pitch and have "cheeks", "the sea" is "mounting" and could "dash out the fire". These descriptions vividly show audience the awful scene in the tempest, which deepen the image of the storm that the audience has already gotten from the first scene directly by the reaction of the passenger in the ship. It makes the audience possible imagine a scene in their mind: the sky is dark, the sea is roaring, the ship is cracking in the harsh storm... Then Shakespeare used the following two sentences that both begin with the exclamation "O" to express Miranda's great commiserative concerns and internal grief for the ship and the people in it who are suffering from the storm although Miranda does not know who the people are or why her "dearest father" tries to destroy the ship. ...read more.

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it is natural for such a good girl to feel sorry for the people who are suffering and disagree with her father without knowing the reason that he does so to the people in the wreck. As the connection between the preceding and following, on one hand, this passage echoes with the first scene and gives the audience further descriptions of the tempest; on the other hand, it raises some important questions which are very pivotal to the development of the play, such as what kind of people the speaker's father is, how they both got to this island, why her father create the tempest, what kind of relationship the people in the ship and them are and so on. These problems arouse the curiosity of audience and make the plot more compact and gripping. In a word, undoubtedly Shakespeare is a great play writer and a master of language, even though this is a ordinary passage in his play, not as famous as "TO BE OR NOT TO BE" or other classical pieces in his play, from it, we can still be amazed and gasped in admiration by his ability of making good use of every kind of language skills and excellence in putting a wonderful play on stage. ...read more.

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