| Quote #4
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
This is one of the most famous passages in Shakespeare and reminds us a lot of the big "All the world's a stage" soliloquy in As You Like It. When Prospero announces the wedding masque is over, Shakespeare gives a shout-out to the Globe Theater and makes an astonishing comparison between human life and the theater. As literary critic Stephen Greenblatt points out, Prospero's remarks draw our attention to "the theatrical insubstantiality of the entire world and the dreamlike nature of human existence."
| Quote #5
[Aside] It goes on, I see,
When Miranda falls in love with Ferdinand at first sight, Prospero congratulates himself for making it all happen. This reminds us that Prospero's magic to manipulate people and situations just like artists do. In other words, Prospero acts like he's directing a play when he orchestrates his daughter's meeting with the prince.
| Quote #6
If by your art, my dearest father, you have
When Prospero uses his magic to orchestrate the storm that shipwrecks his enemies, it's as though the entire island is a stage, don't you think?