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What elements of the comedy genre are evident in Act1 of the Tempest?

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What elements of the comedy genre are evident in Act1 of the Tempest? The Tempest written by William Shakespeare was a tragicomedy; this means this is a play that contains comedy and also tragic events. The Tempest was Shakespeare's final play so therefore it was more experimental. In the Tempest the play deals with much more serious issues. The term "nature vs. nurture" is a phrase used for this play due to the fact that many unreal activities are taken place, by stereotype people around Shakespeare's times were formally known to act unaware of the moral activities that surround them at the time. The Tempest is more rhythmical and pacific; this is more advanced and modern to those of his earlier plays. The Tempest has a magical setting. The play is set on an Island that it "topsy turvy", meaning that everything is upside down, The setting of the play reflects its genre conveying that the magical setting mostly exist in fairytale stories in link to this the Tempest had a colonisation society which made situations much more clearer to understand due to this unreal society. ...read more.

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On board the Tempest are Antonio Sebastian and Gonzalo. The storm has effected the courtiers, they forget who they are that they stoop to a low level of being "Hell is empty all devils are here..." this is an indication of madness and humour, in relation to this situation, there is mockery o the lower class people such as Gonzalo. Sebastian and Antonio realise that their duties as noblemen and courtiers had suddenly been evaporated due to the situation, they are just simply in the way. Gonzalo accepts that he himself is humorous. Antonio and Sebastian only get abuse they have lost touch with reality before stepping foot on Prospero's land. In the sense and touch of magic Prospero's spirit Ariel has reference of two songs they are highly significant which she approaches with the different aspects of situations that have been taken place on the island. Her first song is and invitation to dance upon the sand. Ferdinand is amazed by the music, he is drawn by it. The music settles his feelings of grief and anxiety this calms the situation down. ...read more.

Conclusion

The problem in this case that "who owns the land" the question is not physically brought up in the text but it is raised and is quite obvious to see and tell from reading the first act. We have a clear insight of the relationship between Antonio and Prospero. The Tempest is a metaphor for this problem, the rest of the play leads in putting the fragments back into place. Also starting the play with confusion is a sign of comedy applying that nothing very tense or serious has been brought up. A group of enemies that literally cannot stand each other are now trapped on an island, this play is testing the characters patience as well, as how well they react to this situation. I feel as the play continues, there will be a much more mature approach to the situations. Once everyone gets involved with each other the atmosphere will be much more tense and as the term calls is "tragicomedy", many questions have been raised who will rule the island?, how will the characters cope? Will love be taken greater then lost? Will the two brothers ever compromise with each other? I am sure the answers and issues will raised with continuous reading.... ...read more.

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