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The Tempest by William Shakespeare Essay

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William Shakespeare's The Tempest refines his portrayal of character from the prior play A Midsummer Night's Dream. At A Midsummer Night's Dream, nature is shown to be mysterious existence which blurs the lines between reality and illusion; it's a magical force that is unreachable and incomprehensible for human beings. A Midsummer Night's Dream gives character a mischievous, playful, dreamlike sense because in this play character interferes for the sake of love. The Tempest breaks down the barrier which divides human society and the planet, a split that's present in A Midsummer Night's Dream, because nature's presence and effects become more noticeable and it will become a power that is within the range of humans. In The Tempest nature isn't romanticized but rather is given a darker ominous characterization due to it becoming a tool for Prospero's revenge. While Shakespeare does refine his depiction of nature in The Tempest, he reveals through both plays that character contrasts with the lives of humans and entangles humans by blinding and diverting them from their chosen paths. In both plays' the forces that drive the conflicts are caused by nature. The conflict in A Midsummer Night's Dream centers on the confusion and mistakes caused by Puck, the fairy, who enchants the wrong people causing them to fall in love, while in The Tempest, the play's conflict begins with a tempest ravaging the ship that's carrying the nobles and Gonzalo, therefore diverging them from their path and stranding them on an island. The interference of nature within both plays indicates that while it is used for different reasons, being love and revenge respectively, it's an uncontrollable force that manipulates people. Within A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare.

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