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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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“The Tempest ends, like the other plays in Shakespeare’s last period, in reconciliation and forgiveness. But the ending in The Tempest is grimmer, and the sky is darker…”

The Tempest Act Four, Part Two By Dennis Abrams —————————- From Auden: “Falstaff’s kingdom is made up of Stephano, Trinculo, and Caliban. Trinculo recalls all of Shakespeare’s earlier clowns, Stephano resembles Sir Toby Belch, and Caliban recollects both Bottom and … 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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“The history of mankind is madness, but in order to expose it, one has to perform it on a desert island.”

The Tempest Act Two, Part Two By Dennis Abrams ———————————- To continue where I left of last time with Jan Kott: “The Tempest has two endings: a quiet evening on the island, when Prospero forgives his enemies and the story … 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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