Features of a Shakespeare Comedy

What makes a Shakespeare comedy identifiable if the genre is not distinct from the Shakespeare tragedies and histories? This is an ongoing area of debate, but many believe that the comedies share certain characteristics, as described below: Comedy through language: Shakespeare communicated his comedy through language and his comedy plays are peppered with clever word play, metaphors and insults. Act 1- scene 1 Shipwreck Act 2-…

The Tempest Acts 4 & 5 Summary

Act IV. Prospero tells Ferdinand that he no longer will punish him, but instead will freely give his daughter’s hand in marriage to him. Prospero conjures up a beautiful, mythical, illusory party to celebrate, complete with goddesses and nymphs. Prospero instructs Ariel to lead the shipwrecked men on the island before him. Remembering Stephano, Caliban and Trinculo, Prospero has Ariel…

The Tempest Analysis of Act 1, scene 2

Act 1, scene 2 Analysis Prospero tells Miranda their history as a way to inform the audience of this important information. In addition, the audience needs to know what events motivate Prospero’s decision to stir up the storm and why the men onboard the ship are his enemies — several share responsibility for Prospero’s isolation. By sharing this information, Miranda…