The Tempest Summary & Study Guide

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Act I:

While traveling at sea King Alonso of Naples and several members of his court, including his brother Sebastian, his son Ferdmand, his advisor Gonzalo, and Duke Antonio of Milan are caught in a powerful storm and shipwrecked on a tropical island where Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, live. Meanwhile, Prospero relates to his daughter the tale of their exile on this island. Twelve years ago, Prospero, then Duke of Milan, saw his rule usurped by his brother Antonio, who, with the aid of King Alonso, set him and his young child adrift at sea. Both would have died had Alonso's kind counselor, Gonzalo, not equipped their boat with provisions, including Prospero's magic books and wand. The currents brought them to the island, which once belonged to the now-dead witch Sycorax. The only inhabitants they encountered were Caliban, Sycorax's grotesquely malformed son, and Ariel, a spirit of...

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