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The Tempest Act 1 scene 1(the storm): The opening scene of the Tempest I think is brilliant. There is an instant unsuspecting panic, which quickly gains ones attention. Usually in a play there is a build up to a dramatic moment but The Tempest opens with this and the dramatic moment is when there is the inevitability of death. One can see the last instant panic and hear the words of lost hope, and people preparing for the final moment, "give thanks you have lived so long, and make yourself ready in your cabin for the mischance of the hour, if it so hap. Cheerily good hearts out of our way I say". This was said by the boatswain, and it is an example of how Shakespeare used a great climatic moment like a shipwreck, in the beginning scene. This had a brilliant effect, as it shows the flare of emotion and the intensity of the situation, which grabs ones, attention, and then holds it throughout the play. This scene is also interesting, as even at the supposed final moment of Anthonio's life, he still holds himself above others, "Hang cur hang you whoresen, insolent noise maker, we are less afraid to be drown'd than thou art." ...read more.


No hope that way, is another way so high a hope, that even ambition cannot pierce a wink beyond but doubt discovery there." This is a fantastic sentence because when one is in an emotional state, sometimes it causes them to look for a positive, in any way they can. Anthonio does this and causes Sebastian to also. Both characters seem to be that of a noble and honest type throughout the beginning of the book, and then at the chance of further power and wealth, they are lowered to an evil and greed ridden stature. This is an example of how wealth overrides ones conscience out of convenience. When Sebastian asks Anthonio of how he deals with his conscience he replies with a marvelous speech on how his conscience did not prevent him from gaining Milan, and how death is only sad when there is no one to benefit from it. "Twenty consciences that stand `twixt me, and Milan, candied be they, and melt ere they molest" The speech explains the wish for power is too great to be prevented by moral ground (my opinion of the speech). ...read more.


He sees Caliban and is astounded that he can speak; he gives a drink to Caliban and talks to him. Caliban thinks Stephano is the work of Prospero's magic "Thou dost me but little hurt; thou wilt anon, I know it by thy trembling: now Prosper works upon thee" he is at first afraid, then drinks and is happier. Trinculo soon re-enters the scene and is at first amazed and scared by seeing the four-legged slave talking to another man. He then realizes that it is his good friend Stephano although when Stephano first hears the voice of Trinculo he is also scared and they have a very humorous drunken meeting. Stephano and Trinculo are very happy to see each other, as they both thought the other was dead. Caliban is also very happy about the meeting as he is given wine, and he is finally given company. "These be fine things, and if they be not spirits: that's a brave God, and bears celestial liquor: I will kneel to him." This scene shows how happy each of them is to see each other and they form an alliance with each other as they continue to get drunk and better aquatinted with each other. Caliban becomes the slave of Stephano and they decide to inherit the island! ...read more.

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