Illusion vs Reality in The TempestAny ideas?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Sometimes authors create imaginary worlds within thier fictional words in order to tell us something about our own world. Sometimes what seems like reality is actually the illusion. This is what the author or playwright is trying to tell you. I think this is why Shakespeare likes fantasy so much.
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The idea of illusion and reality has been in a few of Shakespeare's plays (think Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream). In regards to The Tempest, as vangoghfan points out, illusion is used to change reality. Those who come to the island are simply challenged in regards to their examination and understanding between the two.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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One way of looking at this question is to consider the ways in which illusion is used (especially by Prospero and Ariel) to change reality -- to promote transformations, especially in the characters who find themselves on the island. In this respect, their artistry resembles that of Shakespeare, who used his own theatrical illusions to help alter the reality of the persons who visited the theater.