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Lost Illusions, Bitter Wisdom and Fragile Hope in The Tempest Essay

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Lost Illusions, Bitter Wisdom and Fragile Hope in The Tempest Is Shakespeare's play, The Tempest, a drama of lost illusions, bitter wisdom and fragile hope? Before this question could be considered, one first has to interpret these terms. Perhaps "bitter wisdom" and "fragile hope" are fairly simple theories to comprehend, "lost illusions" is somewhat less apparent, particularly in the case of The Tempest. There are three major requirements of "lost illusions" that may be made. The first is that of a revelation of the mind; the shedding of an 'illusion' to reveal the facts of a person's feelings. The second is similar but with a subtle difference; the lifting of an illusion to disclose the facts about something physical (instead of psychological, as in the first case). The previous interpretation wasn't able to be applied to every use of the term 'illusion,' but suits The Tempest extremely well; this third party evaluation revolves around magic and the supernatural world. There are many clear examples in the text to illustrate these several points of view. For the first instance we have the character of Prospero who, by the end of the drama, has realised that he requires more in his life than his Art of magical. He comes to admit he needs a change of surroundings, however much he will miss his previous life on the island. For the second interpretation, we have the circumstances surrounding Antonio's usurpation of Prospero's title (told just in flashbacks); the actual events that happened then just come to light at the conclusion of the drama, when Prospero reveals the whole story to the characters that were constructed. The next interpretation, that of magic, is present during the play, as Prospero exerts his supernatural abilities upon the...

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