The Tempest Characters

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Adrian:

He is a lord attending King Alonso of Naples, and a minor character in the play. After the tempest, Adrian is washed ashore in company with Alonso and several other members of the king's court. His and Gonzalo's efforts to cheer up the dejected king in II.i are ridiculed by Antonio and the king's brother, Sebastian. Thus Adrian's optimism serves as a foil to Sebastian and Antonio's mean-spirited cynicism. (A foil is a person or thing that highlights another character's traits through contrast.) When Alonso, Sebastian, and Antonio are temporarily driven crazy by Prospero's spells, Adrian sorrowfully watches over them, along with Gonzalo and Francisco (III.iii.104-09; V.i.7-13).

Antonio:

He is the current duke of Milan and the treach erous brother of Prospero, the former duke of Milan. At the beginning of the play, Prospero tells Miranda how as duke he retreated to his...

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