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The Tempest

The Tempest

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The Tempest Freedom and Confinement Quotes

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PROSPERO Now my charms are all o'erthrown,And what strength I have's mine own,  Which is most faint: now, 'tis true,I must be here confined by you,Or sent to Naples. Let me not,Since I have my dukedom gotAnd pardon'd the deceiver, dwell  In this bare island by your spell;But release me from my bandsWith the help of your good hands:Gentle breath of yours my sailsMust fill, or else my project fails,  Which was to please. Now I wantSpirits to enforce, art to enchant,And my ending is despair,Unless I be relieved by prayer,Which pierces so that it assaults  Mercy itself and frees all faults.As you from crimes would pardon'd be,Let your indulgence set me free. (Epilogue)


This passage is pretty awesome. It asks us to think about the playwright not as a famous actor or author, but simply as an artist whose only pay for his craft is the clapping of our own hands. The play is both put on for us, and requires our affection – kind of like that servant/master relationship. Who's really in charge here?  Talk about tricksy.

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