Understanding the Tempest Flashcards

What causes the shipwreck in The Tempest?

Prospero uses his magic to summon a fierce storm, causing the ship to wreck on the island where he lives in exile.

Who falls in love in The Tempest?

Prospero’s daughter, Miranda, and Ferdinand, one of the shipwreck survivors, fall deeply in love.

What is the main theme of Act 2 in The Tempest?

The theme of power and betrayal, highlighted by Antonio encouraging Sebastian to kill Alonso to seize the throne, mirroring Antonio’s betrayal of Prospero.

How does Prospero respond to Ferdinand and Miranda’s love?

Prospero gives his blessing to their union, offering Miranda’s hand in marriage as a gift to Ferdinand for his genuine love.

How does Prospero deal with the plot against him in Act 4?

Prospero uses Ariel’s abilities to create illusions and tricks to mislead Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo, steering them away from their plan to murder him.

What significant decision does Prospero make in Act 5?

Prospero chooses to forgive his enemies, give up his magical powers, and return to Italy, ending his exile and seeking a new beginning.

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