• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE The Tempest section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE The Tempest essays

  1. The genre of The Tempest.

    However, although the suffering is overcome, in neither play can we find harmony restored in the way that it usually is in comedy. In the Tempest the final reconciliation of Prospero and Antonio has none of the vitality of comic harmony in it.

  2. Explore the theme of transformation in 'The Tempest '. Show with particular reference to ...

    But whether his visions to kill Alonso, would have been carried out remains unclear, as it was Prospero who provided the correct circumstances for the suggestion and controlled the situation, despite the fact that he wasn't there. Prospero may not have implanted the ideas there, however he organised that potentially fatal situation.

  1. Explore the dramatic impact of the tempest scene in Act 1, Scene 1 in ...

    The way that different productions of The Tempest stage the scene varies. For example sometimes it is presented on a bare stage but then others have large models of a ship or the elements of a shipwreck strewn about the stage, such as a frayed mast.

  2. Exploring the themes of Imprisonment, Freedom and Authority in the Tempest.

    Similarly the implications of this entrapment on the island is visible in Prospero by his ever-growing sense of wanting power. Following his banishment from his Dukedom he is reluctant to let go of Miranda to another man an in turn uses Ferdinand as his slave, showing he is unwilling to

  1. Analysis of 'The Tempest'

    Ariel is very thankful to Prospero, and accepts to be Prospero's slave in return. However, Sycorax's son Caliban still remains on the island. Prospero also takes on Caliban as his slave. Prospero and Miranda continued to survive on the island for twelve years.

  2. Caliban In The Tempest

    As Caliban says in the next line, "bite him to death, I prithee", Caliban should imitate biting someone.

  1. Tempest - What do we learn about Antonio and Sebastian so far in ...

    Sebastian totally dismisses the idea that Ferdinand is still alive: "SEBASTIAN: I have no hope That he is undrowned."

  2. How does the relationship between Prospero and Ariel change during the tempest

    this she contradicts herself for she uses her sexuality to smooch and to persuade Macbeth, for she says "Great Glamis, worthy Cawdor, Greater than both by the all-hail hereafter,". This is showing how Lady Macbeth gets Macbeth around her finger to do what ever she wants him to do just by complimenting him.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work