Academic Papers on The Tempest

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This 6 page paper discusses the character of Prospero in William Shakespeare's last completed play, "The Tempest" (first published in 1623) to determine whether or not he is based on The Bard himself.

A 5 page argumentative essay on the treatment of Prospero's two servants. The paper posits that he treats the two slaves in a similar fashion, but from two different perspectives, and that the initiation of this storyline is a silkscreen for the end of the story and epilogue. The writer proves that this was Shakespeare's ...

A 5 page paper suggesting one way in which the character of Caliban might be portrayed in Shakespeare's play. The paper asserts that although Shakespeare clearly intended for Caliban to be portrayed as somewhat reptilian, there is no evidence for seeing Caliban as an Oriental scavenger, an African warrior, or a European wild man. Rather, ...

This 5 page paper evaluates the character of Miranda and the purpose she serves in William Shakespeare's last completed play, "The Tempest."

This 5 page paper examines William Shakespeare's last completed play, "The Tempest," and focuses upon its three-plot structure of betrayal, love and forgiveness and how the plots are ultimately intertwined. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 3 page paper looking at the motif of manipulation and free will in Shakespeare's play. The paper asserts that the magician Prospero, under a misguided kind of benevolent despotism, is trying to create and enforce an ongoing living environment through magic, and it doesn't work. No additional sources cited.

This 3 page report discusses several of the master-slave relationships of 'The Tempest.' Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 5 page analysis of a short passage in the second act of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”, in which Gonzalo outlines his ideas for the ideal kingdom. The paper argues that Gonzalo’s ideas are completely unworkable, not only because they go against the laws of physical nature, but because they violate human nature as well. ...

A five page paper analyzing the love relationships in these two Shakespearean works. (The “Much Ado” commentary is actually based on Kenneth Branagh’s movie of the Shakespearean play). The paper concludes that of these three couples -- Miranda and Frederick, Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedick -- only the last pair has based their ...

A five page paper looking at these two works in terms of their treatment of the concept of the “natural slave.” The paper concludes that if by “natural slave,” Aristotle meant that one’s fitness to rule or serve is based on one’s aristocratic or menial birth, Shakespeare would have disagreed with that. But he would ...

This 7 page report discusses the ways in which in much of Shakespeare’s work, the supernatural -- in the form of ghosts, fairies, strange creatures, and unnatural weather phenomena -- exist as much as a character in the play as any of the flesh and blood characters. In several of Shakespeare’s other works, the function of the supernatural is a ...

An 8 page paper which examines how Shakespeare presents the nature of these concepts, i.e., good as beautiful and evil as ugly, in his final play. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page paper which discusses the theme of repentance as presented in Shakespeare's "The Tempest." The paper uses argument and analysis as the foundation for presenting this theme. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.

This 7 page report discusses the world of Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest.” The spectacle and exotic setting of “The Tempest” serve as the real story more than any sense of a strongly developed plot. It is the nuance of plot involving the rivalry, status, and comparison of the wild and “primitive” world compared to the “civilized” world that serves as ...

A five page paper looking at this play by William Shakespeare in terms of its statement about creativity. Prospero's monopolization of creative power, the paper argues, deprives the other elementals on the enchanted island of valuable experience they could use when they achieve self-rule at the play's end. Bibliography lists three sources.

This 5 page paper examines The Tempest and Henry V and assesses how each interprets the concept of sovereignty. The utilization of symbolism in The Tempest is also discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines which specific institution, force or character is most responsible for Prospero's resolution that leads to the play's conclusion. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A 5 page essay that offers a descriptive and interpretative analysis of Shakespeare's The Tempest. The writer argues that while Shakespeare's The Tempest is one of his shortest plays, it is also one of the most complex because it abounds in symbolism that spoke to Shakespeare's Elizabethan audience about the role of the monarchy, and ...

A 5 page paper which compares and contrasts the film and the text version of "The Tempest." The film version discussed is Paul Mazursky's. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page essay that contrasts and compares Sophocles' Antigone and Shakespeare's The Tempest. The writer argues that one of the major themes in each of these works is what constitutes a good ruler and the characteristics of successful governance. Creon and Prospero are compared. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

This 5 page paper looks at David Scott Kastan's piece entitled "'The Duke of Milan/ And his brave son': Old Histories and New in The Tempest" and opposes it. The importance of politics and colonialism in Shakespearean literature is discussed. No additional sources cited.

A 5 page paper which examines two of the play’s oppositions, barbarism versus civilization and the greedy lust for power versus the benevolent desire for justice. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

A 5 page paper which examines to what extent Prospero can only be fully understood in relation to other great tragic figures. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

An 8 page research paper that compares and contrasts Shakespeare's The Tempest and Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. The writer argues each poet created complex verse whose true meaning involves understanding the significance of symbolism and imagery. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

“The Tempest”

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A 5 page paper which examines various elements in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” No additional sources cited.

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