Did Shakespeare intend "The Tempest" to be his last play?

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malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We can't really know for sure what Shakespeare's intentions were in writing any of his plays.  However, there is speculation that The Tempest was his "swan-song," his farewell to the world of theatre.  Many consider the character of Prospero to be a bit like Shakespeare himself, and when Prospero gives up his magic at the end of the play, it is Shakespeare's way of giving up his own magic as a playwright.  Many scholars believe that The Tempest was the last play he wrote by himself, but that he collaborated on others, helping up and coming playwrights hone their skills before he retired and went back to Stratford-Upon-Avon.

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revolution | Student

Yes, it was considered his last stage piece although there was one a decade later, which was called the "The Two Noble Kinsman".  He also collaborated with some other playwrights before retiring from hsi career. The Tempest was considered to be his last and the best work of his career.