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The Genre of The Tempest The Tempest is customarily identified as the William Shakespeare's final piece. These marginal issues apart, The Tempest is your forth, final and best of Shakespeare's great and/or late romances. Along with Pericles, Cymbeline and The Winters Tale, The Tempest belongs t the genre of Elizabethan romance plays. It combines elements of Tragedy (Prospero's revenge/Loss of a royal boy) with people of romantic comedy (the youthful fan Ferdinand and Miranda) also, just like one of Shakespeare's problem plays, Measure for measure, it introduces deeper questions that are not completely resolved at the end. The romantic gesture is distinguished by the inclusion (and synthesis) of those tragic, funny, and debatable ingredients, and further indicated by a happy ending(usually finishing in a masque or dancing) in which all, or even most, of the characters have been brought into harmony. The expression romance is given to the comedies written in the end of Shakespeare's career. Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winters Tale and the Tempest. They were written between 1608 and 1612 and are different in style to his earlier comedies. Whilst love and marriage are they key themes in these plays, they focus primarily on the separations and reunions of families and culminate in homecomings, reconciliation's, rebirth and redemption. The romances are, characteristically, set in mythical worlds, and include elements from myths and fairy tales. For example: Long journey, Sea journeys, shipwrecks, storms, magic, lost or stolen children, a wicked/evil family member. The romances were heavily influenced by court masques, lavish entertainment comprising song, dance,...