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Posted April 14, 2012 at 6:17 AM via web

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What is the dramatic significance of storm in William Shakespeare's The Tempest? Is the title of the play appropriate?

 

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 14, 2012 at 6:38 AM (Answer #1)

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The dramatic significance of storm in William Shakespeare's The Tempest is based on the hierarchy of being and the laws of sympathy as they were formulated in Shakespeare's period. The events in the heavens, especially unusual events such as novas, eclipses, or unnatural storms, herald changes in kingdoms specifically likely to affect kings, princes, and other important people. The storm is both a magical creation of Ariel that sets the entire plot in motion and also the upheaval in the human world that restores the rightful rulership of Naples. Thus the title of the play both works on the literal level, that the plot is what happens in the aftermath of the storm, and on a symbolic level.

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