The Tempest Literary Analysis Essay

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Dale Carnegie once said “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The ability to transform something appalling to alluring is a true indication of appreciation for life, but can at times result in consequences. In Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, Prospero commands one of his spirits, Ariel, to summon a tempest as an act of revenge for being deposed as the rightful Duke of Milan by Antonio and Alonso. Although the tempest causes isolation between characters, Ferdinand, Miranda and Ariel are blessed by the tempest; receiving opportunities achieve a better life.
Although the King’s son, Ferdinand loses his luxury life and has to face the test of survival, his determination and valor enables ...view middle of the document...

In addition to Ferdinand’s happiness, Miranda, just under the age of fifteen, finds herself desperately searching for answers as she uses the tempest as an opportunity to obtain knowledge after being isolated from society. At the age of 3, Miranda had been banished to the island alongside her father leading her to a socially deprived life. As the tempest concludes, Miranda questions Prospero, wanting “more to know” (I, ii, 20) about the past and the reason for the tempest. With no choice, her father tells her about Antonio’s betrayal and Gonzalo’s altruism, stunning Miranda with the realization of the benevolent and the nefarious in the world. Although Miranda still questions Prospero’s reason for creating the tempest, she receives priceless information about her life. Furthermore, Miranda’s first encounter with another human becomes her first love, who is “the first that [she] sighed for” (I, ii, 446-447). Astonished and filled with love, Miranda opens up to Ferdinand, taking the first step to becoming an affable person. At the end of the play, Miranda meets Alonso, Gonzalo, Antonio and Sebastian. Miranda is overwhelmed with emotions, yet still joyous of the sight of the “brave new world/That has such people in’t”. Miranda is not only able to accept a world with a greater population but is also able to transform the tempest into an opportunity to no longer be socially awkward, and to experience life like everyone else.
The final character is Ariel, the airy spirit, who is blessed with...

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