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The Epilogue of the Tempest by William Shakespeare is an excellent -- if not the best -- example of Shakespeares brilliance In 20 lines Shakespeare is able to write an excellent ending to his play while speaking through his characters about Shakespeares own life and career Even more amazingly he seemlessly ties the two together In the context of the story Prosperos monologue makes perfect sense He has lost his magical power so his charms are oerthrown and what strength Prospero haves his own which is most faint He is now confined on the Island for his other choice would be to go to Naples and reclaim his dukedom but he doesnt want to do that because he has already pardoned the deceiver who took his position many years ago Prospero then says something a little strange but it makes sense in the context of the story he ask us to release him from his bands with the help of your good hands In other words clap so that the sails of the boats his friends are riding in will be safely returned and Prospero can be relieved by prayer of the audience All of what Prospero has said is very nice cute but the most interesting part of this monologue is what Shakespeare himself is saying Now that my charms are all oerthrown and what strength I haves mine own means now my plays are over and its no longer my characters speaking The Island or stage Shakespeare is on is now bare and it is time for you the audience to release Shakespeare and his actors from this play with the help of your good hands Shakespeare was not only being released for the performance of the play he was being release from his career as a playwright But there are more reasons to clap besides the obvious reason that the play is over Shakespeare could
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