The Tempest Quotes

Focus on Death critic quote The Tempest is “driven by death, but also by love” – Ruth Nevo
Focus on Death textual quote ‘every third thought shall be my grave’ – Prospero
Colonialism critic quote “By choosing colonialism as a frame […] they do indeed marginalise [..] The Tempest” – Scheider
Colonialism textual quote ‘This island’s mine by Sycorax my mother which thou tak’st from me’ – Caliban
Feminism critic quote The Tempest “addresses the problematic expectations of women in a patriarchal society” – Rhiannon Johnson
Feminism textual quote ‘my foot my tutor’ – Prospero
Magic critic quote Prospero’s magic “is so ennobled and idealized that […] we see nothing mean or unworthy in it” – William J Rolfe
Magic textual quote ‘graves at my command have waked their sleepers’ – Prospero
Christian Allegory critic quote “The Tempest works – when it works – as an allegory of some sort” – Diana Henderson
Christian Allegory textual quotes x2 ‘For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother/ Would infect my mouth, I do forgive/ Thy ranked fault’ – Prospero’I here could pluck his highness’ frown upon you and justify you traitors, at this time I will tell no tales’ – Prospero
Romantic love critic quote “through their love there is hope for healing of the past and the creation of a new future” – Margaret Roper (of F and M)
Romantic love textual quote ‘The mistress that I serve quickens what is dead’ – Ferdinand
Familial love critic quote “Miranda’s growth to womanhood is the pivotal point of the play […] this means that he has to open the island to the forces and people that betrayed him” – Nancy Meckler
Familial love textual quote ‘I have given you here a third of mine own life’ – Prospero
Self-conscious theatricality critic quote ‘The Tempest is an intensely self-conscious play – it is, in many ways, theatre about the theatre” – Jan Frans van Dijkhuizen
Self-conscious theatricality textual quote ‘fetch me the hat and rapier in my cell’ – Prospero
Appearance vs Reality critic quote The Tempest is “an illusion of an illusion” – Arthur Kirsch
Appearance vs Reality textual quote ‘the baseless fabric of this vision’ – Prospero
Prospero is Shakespeare critic quote “We identify Prospero in some measure with Shakespeare himself” – Dowden
Prospero is Shakespeare textual quote ‘they all enter the circle which Prospero had made, and there stand charmed’ – Stage Directions

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