The Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library)
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Putting romance onstage, The Tempest gives us a magician, Prospero, a former duke of Milan who was displaced by his treacherous brother, Antonio. Prospero is exiled on an island, where his only companions are his daughter, Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and the monster Caliban. When his enemies are among those caught in a storm near the island, Prospero turns his power upon them through Ariel and other spirits.
The characters exceed the roles of villains and heroes. Prospero seems heroic, yet he enslaves Caliban and has an appetite for revenge. Caliban seems to be a monster for attacking Miranda, but appears heroic in resisting Prospero, evoking the period of colonialism during which the play was written. Miranda’s engagement to Ferdinand, the Prince of Naples and a member of the shipwrecked party, helps resolve the drama.
The authoritative edition of The Tempest from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers, includes:
-Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
-Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
-Scene-by-scene plot summaries
-A key to the play’s famous lines and phrases
-An introduction to reading Shakespeare’s language
-An essay by a leading Shakespeare scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
-Fresh images from the Folger Shakespeare Library’s vast holdings of rare books
-An annotated guide to further reading
Essay by Barbara A. Mowat
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common/ordinary evaluation/opinion* 93 see the proverb invoked by Miranda in line 120 94 beget of ϭ produce/create in 95 diametrically different/antithetical nature 96 his trust 97 sans bound ϭ without boundaries/borders 98 given the role of/turned into a lord/ruler 99 not ONly WITH what MY reVENue YIELDed 100 eggZAKT (verb) 101 with reference to, against 102 his lie 103 to credit ϭ in order to validate/make trustworthy* 104 out o’ ϭ from, because of 105 delegation of authority 106
Sebastian Methinks I do. Antonio And how does your content200 Tender201 your own good fortune? 265 Sebastian I remember You did supplant202 your brother Prospero. Antonio True. And look how well my garments203 sit upon me, Much feater than before. My brother’s servants Were then my fellows, now they are my men.204 270 Sebastian But for your conscience – Antonio Ay, sir. Where lies that?205 If ’twere a kibe,206 ’Twould put me to207 my slipper. But I feel not208 This deity209 in my
Come on Trinculo, let us sing. Stephano sings Flout49 ’em and scout50 ’em, and scout ’em and flout ’em, 120 Thought is free. Caliban That’s not the tune. Ariel plays the tune on a tabor51 and pipe Stephano What is this same?52 Trinculo This is the tune of our catch, played by the picture of Nobody.53 45 merry (DJAkund) 46 troll the catch ϭ roundly sing the round-song 47 but while-ere ϭ just a while ago 48 reason, any reason ϭ what is reasonable,anything reasonable 49 mock, insult
dry convulsions ϭ severe/hard/stiff spasms 227 tighten 228 agèd cramps ϭ cramps typical of old age 229 discolored with the marks of pinching 230 leopard, panther 231 cat o’ mountain ϭ mountain cat 232 thoroughly, to the full 233 soon 234 have the air at freedom ϭ be able to fly through the air at your own free will 113 Act 5 s c e n e 1 The Island enter Prospero in his magic robes, and Ariel Prospero Now does my project gather to a head.1 My charms crack2 not, my spirits obey,
prologue, what to come In yours, and my, discharge. This was perfectly understandable, we must assume, to the mostly very average persons who paid to watch Elizabethan plays. But who today can make much sense of it? In this very fully annotated edition, I therefore present this passage, not in the bare form quoted above, but thoroughly supported by bottom-of-the-page notes: vii about this book Antonio She that is Queen of Tunis. She that dwells Ten leagues beyond man’s1 life. She that from