The Tempest Bringing It All Together. Analyzes The Epilogue Of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

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The Epilogue of the Tempest by William Shakespeare is an excellent -- ifnot the best -- example of Shakespeare's brilliance. In 20 linesShakespeare is able to write an excellent ending to his play, while speakingthrough his characters about Shakespeare's own life and career. Evenmore amazingly, he seemlessly ties the two together.In the context of the story Prospero's monologue makes perfect sense. Hehas lost his magical power, so his 'charms are o'erthrown, and whatstrength [Prospero] have's [his] own, which is most faint.' He is now'confined' on the Island, for his other choice would be to go to Naples andreclaim his dukedom, but he doesn't want to do that because he has already'pardoned the deceiver' who took his position many years ago. Prosperothen says something a little strange, but it makes sense in the context ofthe story, he ask us to 'release [him] from [his] bands with the help ofyour good hands.' In other words, clap so that the sails of the boats hisfriends are riding in will be safely returned and Prospero can be 'relievedby prayer' of the audience.All of what Prospero has said is very nice cute, but the most interestingpart of this monologue is what Shakespeare himself is saying. 'Now thatmy charms are all o'erthrown, and what strength I have's mine own'means, now my plays are over, and it's no longer my characters speaking.The 'Island' or stage Shakespeare is on is now 'bare' and it is time for'you' the audience to release Shakespeare and his actors from this playwith the 'help of...

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