The Tempest Study Guide

(act 1) 1st event that brought Prospero and Miranda to the island. Prospero and his wife rule as Duke and Duchess of Milan.
(Act2nd event that brought Prospero and Miranda to the island. Their only child, Miranda, is born.
3rd event that brought Prospero and Miranda to the island. Prospero puts Antonio in charge.
4th event that brought Prospero and Miranda to the island. Prospero gets involved with occult books.
5th event that brought Prospero and Miranda to the island. Antonio conspires with Alonso to overthrow Prospero’s Kingdom.
6th event that brought Prospero and Miranda to the island. Antonio opens the gates of Milan, Prospero and Miranda get kidnapped.
7th event that brought Prospero and Miranda to the island. Gonzalo helps Miranda and Prospero and give them food, books supplies, and put them on a carcass of a ship.
How does Gonzalo behave during the storm? Antonio and Sebastian? What clues do you get in this scene. •Gonzalo is fearful/eerie but kind to the boatswain.•A&S make fun of Gonzalo and are quickly annoyed by him. Both threatened and are rudely abusive to the boatswain.• Gonzalo predicts boatswain’s death.
How did Ariel and Caliban come to be Prospero’s servants, and how do they feel about their status? • Ariel was stuck in a tree and curse bicycle racks. Prospero freed Ariel and is serving him but well awaits his freedom. •Caliban- orphan of Sycorax. Prospero attempted to school Caliban, but he resisted. Caliban deeply despises Prospero.
What is Prospero’s emotional state at the end of Act 1? what might be a reason for it? -Rude & salty; mixed emotions in stress from putting a spell on Ferdinand and Miranda in seeing them fall in love.
In what ways are Miranda and Ferdinand like characters in a fairy tale? Why might Shakespeare have chosen to portray them in this way? Miranda and Ferdinand fall in love the moment they see each other. He probably put this in to make part of the story happy joyful and sweet.
(Act 2) 1st series of points Antonio makes as he tries to persuade Sebastian to commit the crime. “Th ‘ occasion speaks thee, and / My strong imagination sees a crown / Dropping upon thy head” : Now is your big chance to steal the throne. ~ Antonio
(Act 2) 2nd series of points Antonio makes as he tries to persuade Sebastian to commit the crime. You need to do more than hang around – you have to act. I’ll show you how. Lazy people end up at the bottom you (Sebastian) deserve to be at the top. ~Antonio
(Act 2) 3rd series of points and Antonio makes as he tries to persuade Sebastian to commit the crime. Claribel is too far away to take over the kingdom with Ferdinand dead; just kill Alonso and Gonzalo and you become king.~Antonio
(Act 2) 4th series of points Antonio makes as he tries to persuade Sebastian to commit the crime. – My brothers servants were my equals, now they are my servants. I feel no guilt over my new position. ~ Antonio
(Act 2) 5th series of points Antonio makes as a try to persuade Sebastian to commit the crime. You (Antinio) will be my role model. ~Sebastian
How would you describe the mood of Alonso, Gonzalo, Antonio, and Sebastian during scene (Act 2)? • Alonso- depressed.• Gonzalo- frantic / very very talkative.• Antonio- doesn’t like Gonzalo and can’t wait till he falls asleep.•Sebastian- doesn’t like Gonzalo either.
Where were the castaways going when they were shipwrecked? Why is Alonso especially unhappy? •They’re traveling back from Clarabelle’s wedding. •Alonzo is unhappy he invited all of them.
Which character speaks in verse in scene 2? which characters in prose? •Verse- Ariel, Caliban, and Stephano.•Prose- Everyone but previous three.
Based on what you learned in this Act, which character would you call the villain of the play? Why? Antonio because he took Prospero’s dukedom and convince Sebastian to kill his own brother.
(Act 3) Imagery •When it burns / ‘Twill weep for having wearied you.•I am fresh as morning when you’re near, even at night.•A Prince by birth, now a servant.• used witchcraft to take the island – you’ll be Lord of the island.
(Act 3) Imagery •-Stephano has no royal blood, yet he is ready to kill Prospero, marry Miranda, to be king and queen of the island.•bead men have to pay their debts, I challenge you… Stephano.•This will be a wonderful island when they play music for free on the island.•Ariel’s version of the food, then making it disappear.
What is Prospero’s goal in letting Miranda and firkin and get to know each other? What will Prospero gain by the arrangement? •To build a relationship so when the magic wears off, they will still be in love. •Prospero is hoping that he will gain his kingdom back.
What plan does Caliban suggest for killing Prospero? What earlier scene does the echo? Kill him while he’s sleeping. It echoes Sebastian Antonio’s plan to kill Angelo in Alonzo.
What terrible realization does Alonso have at the end of Act three about his conduct or Prospero and what he believes to be Ferdinand say? What does he decide to do? How is nature involved in his realization? Alonso believes it’s not his fault that Ferdinand is “dead” and what he did to Prospero. He decides to find Prospero and get his forgiveness or join his son in death.
What does Caliban speech reveal? Sweet music makes me feel good and get sweet dreams of great riches but then you wake in tears to dream again.
Iris Messenger of the gods-Rainbow bearing goddess calls out the nymphs at the command of the gods.
Ceres Goddess of the fields and Earth- sister of Juno; her daughter stolen by Venus and given to the underworld for half the year.
Juno Queen of the sky -wife of Jupiter -sister of series- most powerful goddess.
Venus and Cupid Goddess of love and her son -tried to trick Ferdinand and Miranda but failed -cupid broke his arrows and decided to play with birds now.
What does Caliban begin to realize about Stephano at the end of Act four? what did Caliban think of Stephano earlier in the play? •He’s not a god, distracted from the mission of killing Prospero. •previously thought he was a powerful God who could free him.
What are the purposes for the long masque hat dominates this act? The masques represents what the characters talents are / who they are.
D. Prospero’s enemies are completely in his power. R. He decides to forgive them.
D. Prospero has accomplished everything with his art that he wants. R. He surrenders all his magic.
D. Prosperity tells Antonio and Sebastian that he knows they tried to kill Alonso. R. He forgives, but refuses to call Antonio his brother, also does not reveal their sin to attempt to kill Alonso and Gonzalo.
D. Alonzo grieves because he believes Ferdinand was drowned. R. Prospero draws back a curtain and reveals Ferdinand playing chess with Miranda.
D. Alonso wonders if the girl with Ferdinand is a goddess. R. Not a goddess, but Ferdinand’s wife new family new father.
The shipwrecked courtiers believe that the ship sank with all its sailors. Everyone on the boat survived all together again.

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