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THE TEMPEST ACTS I II Act I scene 1 The beginning of The Tempest introduces five of the major characters of the play Alonso the King of Naples Ferdinand his son Sebastian Alonsos brother Antonio the Duke of Milan and finally Gonzalo Alonsos counselor The first scene is situated on a ship in uncharted waters during a wild and destructive storm During this Alonso and Ferdinand are praying for their safety Meanwhile Antonio and Sebastian curse the ships crew for their inability to hold things together during the storm The maelstrom splits the ship apart and everyone is dropped into the waters off an island which is later revealed to be Prosperos island Act I scene 2 Scene two introduces the main character of the play Prospero Antonios brother and the former Duke of Milan Also introduced is Miranda Prosperos fifteen-year-old daughter At this point in the play Miranda has already witnessed the shipwreck and the storm She knows that Prosperos magic caused the disaster and is greatly disturbed by the horrid result Prospero is a master magician and governs over all of the fanciful creatures of the island Such denizens include the airy sprite Ariel and the deformed monster Caliban They along with Prospero convince Miranda that those who have suffered through the wreck are now safe on the island Subsequent to this Prospero explains to her why he caused the storm and informs her about their past Prospero reveals to Miranda that his brother Antonio with Alonsos permission usurped Prosperos position and estate Then he set him and Miranda who was then two years old out to sea on a porous sea craft If Gonzalo had not provided them with food and water they would have perished However they landed on the island on which they now live Alonso at this point and time has decided that the time has come to reckon with his brother and his
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