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What is important about Act I of the Tempest

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What is important about act 1 of 'The Tempest'? There are a lot of important matters that occur in the introductory act of 'The Tempest'. For starters, we learn a lot about the characters in a short time, this is mainly due to the royal party being on the boat under storm and characters generously unfold a lot more under strenuous conditions. This also helps us get to know Prospero, Miranda and his servants a lot better, this is mainly due to Prospero trying to seize the situation and take control of it. We also manage to find out about the background of Prospero, Antonio and Alonso. During the opening scene, we hear Boatswain talking to the storm, "Blow till thou burst thy wind." This personifies the tempest, making it a character. This line is very important because later on in the play we find out that the storm was in fact being controlled by Prospero. ...read more.

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The reader could say that Calliban has the right to be bitter because of the way that Prospero double crossed him. Although Calliban did attempt to rape Miranda, and this could be the reason that Prospero treats him unfairly. However we do learn later on that Miranda was very kind and warm towards Calliban, and Calliban could have mistaken this kindness for something more. The connection of Prospero and Ariel seems to be more upbeat and positive than Prospero and Calliban. Ariel seems to be quite content about being Prospero's slave, and she is quite childish in the way that she is always looking to impress Prospero. Even though the two seem fairly close, we still get a hint of Prospero's manipulation, for instance how he is always promising freedom when he does nit seem truthful about it. This is again showing how Prospero is challenging the audience to judge him. ...read more.

Conclusion

We also see Alonso appear in the first scene for no more than one line, this gives us a hint that he expects everything to be done for him. This gives the audience more understanding about the characters, and when we find out about Prospero's past, the two can only agree with each other. So all in all the first act of 'The Tempest' managed to show some important content that really lay down the foundations for the rest of the play. It teaches the reader about the relationships between Prospero and his daughter, as well as the relationships between the royal party and Prospero and his servants. The opening act also allows the reader to learn much more about the characters than they would if the storm ceased to exist; this is because you can really see the true being of a person if they are put under pressure, just like the pressure that is created from the tempest in the first scene. ?? ?? ?? ?? Toby Jones The Tempest 18/09/2007 Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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