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In The Tempest, how does Shakespeare portray Sebastian and Alonso as antagonists, in Act 2 Scene 1?

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The very opening of Act II scene 1 indicates the conflict between Alonso and his brother, Sebastian. Note the context. As the scene opens, Alonso is clearly struck massively by grief because he fears his son, Ferdinand, has died in the shipwreck. Gonzalo, the faithful retainer, tries to comfort his lord, but Sebastian only mocks his brother cruelly, given the situation....

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