Study Guide

The Tempest Characters

By William Shakespeare

Prospero

Prospero is the ousted Duke of Milan who has been living in exile on a remote island for the past...

Caliban

"Hag-born""Whelp.""Demi-devil." "Poor credulous monster." "Hag-seed." "Strange fish." These are...

Miranda

Miranda is the virginal, fourteen-year-old daughter of Prospero. (We know her age because her...

Gonzalo

In the play's dramatis personae (literally, a list of the "persons of the play"), we're told that...

Ariel

Ariel is Prospero's "tricksy" spirit servant and attends to Prospero's every need. Unlike...

King Alonso of Naples

Alonso, the King of Naples, is not a particularly good guy, but not a particularly bad one,...

Prince Ferdinand

Prince Ferdinand is Alonso's son and the heir to the throne of Naples. He is quick to love, and...

Sebastian and Antonio

This pair can mainly be dealt with together, since nearly all of their lines are together, and...