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The Tempest Can Prospero be used as a guise for Shakespeare in this story.

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Since Prospero orchestrates events, saying his luck has finally taken a turn for the better, an analogy between Prospero and playwright can certainly be drawn: a playwright orchestrates all events in a theatrical work. Such an analogy draws more strength from the romance that Prospero manipulates between Miranda and Ferdinand as it parallels the romances that Shakespeare is so famous for, such as that between Rosalind and Orlando.

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It's important to understand why the play was written. In 1613, Princess Elizabeth (named in honor of Elizabeth I) was married to Prince Frederick of the Palatinate (later Germany) at the Palace of Whitehall. There's good evidence that the Tempest was written as a celebratory event for the wedding, and that Shakespeare did indeed create characters in the play from the guests in attendance, including himself as Prospero.

The Tempest was not Shakespeare's last play; he collaborated with John Fletcher (1579-1625) on Henry VIII and The Two Noble Kinsmen.

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