Despite its fantastic spectacle, the true power of the script lies in the humanity and relatable nature of each of the characters. They were often set in coastal regions, and typically featured exotic, fantastical locations and themes of transgression and redemption, loss and retrieval, exile and reunion.
What is beyond his magical powers is to cause them to fall in love. This used a mixed cast made up of white actors as the humans and black actors playing the spirits and creatures of the island. They tried to appeal to upper-class audiences by emphasising royalist political and social ideals: monarchy is the natural form of government; patriarchal authority decisive in education and marriage; and patrilineality preeminent in inheritance and ownership of property.
This intense shift in play dynamics in only four hours can be attributed to the layers of metaphor that tie the piece together. Four centuries after original productions of the play audiences are still clapping at the end of The Tempest, rewarding Prospero for recreating the European hegemony.
Finally, Prospero casts away his magic staff and returns to Milan. Sycorax's monstrous son, Caliban, was initially on the island when Prospero and Miranda arrived. Three different plot lines begin to intermingle throughout the play.
Within The Tempest, language has a great power to control and mystify, and in a similar way, Prospero, the magus and protagonist, uses his magic to control the other characters around him. At first we fear Ariel as the tempestthen pity him as a slave of Prosperolove him as the force that guides the young lovers togetherand fear him again as the harpy that accosts the men of Milan.
Really get to grips with the stories, settings and characters of Shakespeare's plays.