The Tempest | Criticism

This literature criticism consists of approximately 22 pages of analysis & critique of The Tempest.
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SOURCE: "Tempest," in ELH, Vol. 49, No. 1, Spring, 1982, pp. 1-17.

In the following essay, Miko focuses on the themes of art, nature, illusion, and magic in The Tempest, characterizing the conclusion of the play as "experimental, tentative among its wonderful reconciliations."

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't!
                                         V,i, 183-4

Many ironies sit here. Except for the most obvious one, residing in the gap between Miranda's innocence and our knowledge that some of these beauties are attempted homicides, there is little agreement either about what they are or how far they go. Miranda speaks from a tableau, just revealed by a magician to those who astonish her, and who have just been released by the same magician from a charmed circle. They are astonished too. The language of miracle and wonder is appropriate on both sides; a father is reunited with his...

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