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Throughout of Act 1 Scene Shakespeare keeps the audiences attention in many ways. Prospero is the main character in the Tempest and throughout the play he changes his mood a lot. This keeps the audience interested a

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Introduction

The Tempest is written by William Shakespeare it is the last complete play that he is believed to have written. The Tempest is unlike any other play that he has written because it follows the unities. The unites are the principles of drama established by ancient Greeks. The play must be in the space of one day, all of the action must relate to the main plot and all happen in the same place. The Tempest means storm, which is a symbol for change. Because at the beginning of a storm it is always dark and cloudy, however after the storm has ended it is bright and the air is fresh. The theme of the play is also change. At the end of the play when everyone is going to leave the island Prospero puts down his magic staff and garments. This relates to Shakespeare since it was his last play it could symbolize Shakespeare put his pen down and giving up writing. ...read more.

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It also answers some of the questions raised in scene one. We are also told about his brother Antonio and how he betrayed him to become duke of Milan. The long speech in which Prospero talks about his past; he risks boring the audience. However several times during the speech he demands Miranda's attention even though she is already listening. Prospero is actually demanding the attention of the audience. When Prospero is talking about his past he uses very short sentences, he has waited 12 years to resolve the situation. He shows his emotions to the audience by using visual language and making images in our heads "The ivy which had hid my princely trunk". Re-living the memory makes him angry and upset, this causes the words to tumble out of his mouth "out o'th substitution". This shows he is very much in a hurry to tell his story, for which he has waited such a long time. After Prospero's long, informative, speech; Ariel enters the play in a light and happy mood. ...read more.

Conclusion

Nearing the end of Act 1 of the scene 2 we are introduced to Ferdinand who is placed on the island and lead to Miranda and Prospero by Ariel. Even though Prospero wants Ferdinand and Miranda to fall in love. He does not want Ferdinand to think that Miranda can be won over that easily. Prospero accuses Ferdinand of being a spy. At this point we meet a side of Miranda that we had not met before. She is no longer the obedient daughter, but she is willing to defy her father to protect Ferdinand "beseech you father". Then Prospero says to Miranda that he will hate her if she does not listen. Throughout of Act 1 Scene Shakespeare keeps the audiences attention in many ways. Prospero is the main character in the Tempest and throughout the play he changes his mood a lot. This keeps the audience interested and not knowing what is going to happen next. Another way he keeps the audiences attention is the use of magical creatures like Ariel. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sathesh Singaraj 10m8 31/03/04 ...read more.

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