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“On the desert island the history of the world has been performed. The performance is over; history begins once more.”

The Tempest Act Five, Part Three By Dennis Abrams ———————————— I want to conclude our examination of The Tempest with this, from the great Jan Kott: “Who is Prospero and what does his staff signify? Why does he combine knowledge … Continue reading

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“..I’ll break my staff,/Bury it certain fathoms in the earth,/And deeper than did ever plummet sound/I’ll drown my book.”

The Tempest Act Five, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————— From Harold Bloom: “Ariel is our largest clue to understanding Prospero, though we have no similar aid for apprehending this great sprite, who has very little in common with Puck, … Continue reading

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“We are such stuff/As dreams are made on, and our little life/Is rounded with a sleep.”

The Tempest Act Four, Part One By Dennis Abrams —————- Act Four:  Prospero admits that the tasks he assigned Ferdinand were to test his love for Miranda, and he now gives them his blessing to marry with a masque performed … Continue reading

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“Here we meet the truly extraordinary thing: we are now considering as possible something directly contradicted by our own experience.”

The Tempest Act Three, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ————————— From A.D. Nuttall: “Meanwhile the civilizing agents in the drama are a morally dubious lot. Stefano and Trinculo are vulgar as Caliban himself could never be, and even Prospero is … Continue reading

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“The isle is full of noises,/Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.”

The Tempest Act Three, Part One By Dennis Abrams ——————————- Act Three:  Prospero has enslaved Ferdinand and made him carry logs, but the young man does so willingly in order to serve his beloved, Miranda.  Secretly watched by Prospero, the … Continue reading

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“A most ridiculous monster, to make a wonder of a poor drunkard”

The Tempest Act Two, Part One By Dennis Abrams ———————– Act Two:  Alonso and his companions are searching for Ferdinand. Ariel, who remains invisible, send everyone to sleep except Antonio and Sebastian, Alonso’s brother. These two then plot to murder … Continue reading

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