Act 5, scene 1, the final scene of Shakespeare's The Tempest, serves as a culmination of the events of the play, tying together the many disparate plot threads and reflecting many of the major themes, including magic, order, freedom, and forgiveness.
In this scene, the magician Prospero relinquishes his magic power in preparation for his return to the "real world" of Milan. The supernatural power he has wielded while on the island is traded in for the political power that was rightly his and was stripped from him. This trade represents a return to the correct world order.
In giving up his magic, Prospero frees the spirit Ariel, who has been his servant, and is himself freed from his exile in his cell on the deserted island. He also forgives his other servant, Caliban, along with his scheming brothers Antonio, Alonso, and Sebastian. The events of the play began as a revenge scheme against these three and culminate here in their forgiveness.
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