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"The Tempest" is a play that grabs its audience's attention right from the start; it is set around Italy and was written in 1612, the idea for the play probably came from a sea adventure that went missing in a terrible storm in 1611 only to find its way to Florida one year later. In this essay I am going to comment on the techniques that shake spear uses to involve his audience and to comment on Prospero's character during the first act of "The Tempest" Shakespeare starts of "the Tempest" with a short action packed scene which would make the audience amazed and interested for the start, within the first scene we pick up that the mariners are rude to royalty as they say "...You, mar our labour. Keep your cabins..." L12-13, 1, 1 This would make the audience mad as they would not let them speak to royalty in that way. The language used by Shakespeare in the first scene in demanding and forceful which the audience would not be expecting and would keep there attention. ...read more.


When Prospero talks about his brother and him taking over as duke he gets emotional as Prospero trusted him we could tell he was getting emotional by the language use and the solemn tone of his speech. Shakespeare uses a number of techniques to hold the audiences attention during this long speech, one of these is Miranda asks the questions the audience would want to know e.g. "Sir, are not you my father?" L66, 1, 2 Within the second section Shakespeare brings magic to keep the audiences attention as in those days they believed in it. At the start of this section we are told all the royalty on the ship have been washed up, Ferdinand is on his own and he believes every one has died, and all the mariners are on the ship headed for Naples thinking the royalty have died. We are also told that Ariel was going to be torched and Prospero saved Ariel from the witch, this would interest Shakespeare's audience as they were into witchcraft in those days. Within this section we learn that Prospero is selfish and quick temped and when Ariel asks for her freedom he gets angry fast we can ...read more.


In this section aside is used mainly by Prospero when he talks to the audience this will give them information they might need to know. The act ends with Ferdinand expressing his love to Miranda. Throughout the first act we learn that Prospero is caring and defendant of Miranda but quick tempered, selfish, controlling and manipulative and we learn so of the techniques used by Shakespeare of example the first scene where it is action packed from the start to keep the audiences attention and splinting up the second scene into four sections to keep the attention of the audience, by the end of the act we are left with many unanswered questions such as will Miranda be allowed to marry Ferdinand?, will Ariel gain his freedom?, will Prospero chose forgiveness or revenge on his brother?, what will happen to the other royals? This act involves the audience deeply in character and plot this is good for the audience as they know what is happing and would keep them more interested. By the end of the act I felt that it was not fair on Miranda being controlled as she is and that Ariel should have been free from the start and that Caliban deserves what he gets as he tried to attack Miranda. ...read more.

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