The Tempest has been described as "metatheatre," or a play within a play. Explain this term.
Metatheatre is an element of drama that draws attention to itself. It shows the audience the theatrical practices that underlie and produce what it is that they see before them.
In The Tempest, the concept of metatheatre is embodied in the character of Prospero. As well as being a duke and a magician, he's also a kind of dramatist who creates much of what happens on stage.
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