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The Tempest

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A power struggle leads Prospero, the former Duke of Milan and now a full-time practitioner of magic, into exile on an island with his daughter Miranda. Conjuring up a storm, Prospero causes the ship carrying his rival Antonio to crash upon the shore. What ensues is a reconciliation of past struggles; the blossoming love of Miranda and Ferdinand (the King of Naples’ heir) and an exploration of the nature of freedom and enslavement in the figures of Ariel and Caliban. The Shakescleare version of The Tempest includes a modern English translation, which will allow you to easily access Shakespeare’s complex language and decipher the play’s most important quotes, such as “We are such stuff / As dreams are made on” and “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”

Ben florman
About the Translator: Ben Florman

Ben is a co-founder of LitCharts. He holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he won the Winthrop Sargent prize for best undergraduate paper on a topic related to Shakespeare.