O Brave New World

The opening scene of Shakespeare’s rumored last play, The Tempest, opens with a dangerous, chaotic storm. The opening scene contrasts to the second scene in which you meet Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, and his daughter, Miranda. The scene is replaced by a feeling of wonder and amazement, a feeling that is critically maintained throughout the play. Miranda questions Prospero about her past while upholding this admiration of the new world. While Prospero is intentionally made to feel prosperous and godlike, Miranda is meant to seem naïve and full of wonder. Her character, full of whimsical amazement contrasted with the stark ruling attitude of Prospero represents the underlying pastoral tension represented in the play. In the final act, Miranda exclaims: Continue reading