Language, Structure and Dramatic Techniques in The Tempest Flashcards

How is The Tempest classified in terms of genre?

The Tempest is classified as a comedy but also has elements of romance, containing both comedic and tragic features, such as young lovers overcoming obstacles and the resolution of long-standing conflicts.

What distinguishes verse from prose in The Tempest?

Verse, often iambic pentameter, indicates higher status or authority, as seen with Prospero.

Prose indicates lower status, drunkenness, or informal conversation, used by characters like Trinculo and Stephano.

Give an example of vivid imagery used in The Tempest.

Ariel’s song: “Where the bee sucks, there suck I: In a cowslip’s bell I lie…” uses vivid imagery to present Ariel as a spirit enjoying the peace of nature.

What role does the structure play in The Tempest?

The play begins with a dramatic storm setting the tone for chaos, moves through assassination plots and romantic development, and ends with resolution and emotional climax, especially with Alonso’s reunion with Ferdinand.

What is a soliloquy and provide an example from The Tempest?

A soliloquy is a speech where a character speaks their thoughts aloud.

Example: Prospero’s “Our revels now are ended… We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.”

What is dramatic irony and give an example from The Tempest?

Dramatic irony occurs when the audience knows something a character does not.

Example: The audience knows Ferdinand is alive while his father, Alonso, believes he is dead. This heightens suspense and anticipation.

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