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The Tempest written by William Shakespeare 1564-1616 is an Elizabethan romance that combines the conventions of drama with that of Shakespearean comedies The tempest in the title refers to both the tremendous storm that opens the play and the emotional conflicts that are highlighted by what follows The Tempest was commenting on the social context of the period it was written the fifteenth century the Age of Exploration and in this Shakespeare was specifically referring to the Bermuda Pamphlets and to the tale of the Sea Adventure which lead to the theme of the Unknown and the introduction of Prosperos Art The Tempest raises questions that were just beginning to be asked in Shakespeares day and that we have been puzzling over ever since For example it questions the true nature of man more specifically the character of Caliban is he in essence innocent or inevitably fallen and corrupt though redeemable either by education or through divine grace His name interestingly enough seems to be an anagram or derivative of cannibal This can be seen through the following lines made by Prospero A devil a born devil on whose nature Nurture can never stick Act 4 Scene 1 - l 189-190 This opinion of Prosperos that Caliban is incapable of being educated or trained nurtured has quite an aggressive tone which is evident with the repetition of devil and the alliteration of the cacophonic sounding letter d This gives the responder an impression of the plot and its movement as it emphasises certain points and contrasts this with Prosperos self-awareness towards the end of the play where he has realised that he too like Caliban has an evil side to his nature and it is through his imaginative journey - his exile on the island - that has taught him that This thing of darkness I Acknowledge mine Act 5 Scene 1 - l 275-276 Here diction with darkness a very
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