July 16, 2010

The Tempest

William Shakespeare, 1610
Prospero uses
Ariel to seek revenge
on his usurpers

The play centers around Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, whose brother had him exiled. Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, have been living on an island for twelve years plotting revenge. Prospero uses magical powers and a spirit, Ariel, to help him cause a storm that will shipwreck his enemies. (Ariel is a dude, by the way, for those of you imagining a well-known mermaid.)

Honestly I find the entire plot a little without. Without a point? Prospero uses his powers to bring his betrayers to the island. I guess in a way he teaches them a lesson. But that's really where it ends. He screws with them, and then forgives them, and then they all swap ghost stories around the campfire or something. Why didn't he just use his magic to get himself off the freaking island? (PG)

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