Discuss two acts of deception in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest.

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Magic, illusions, mistaken identities, ghosts, an imaginary banquet, and all manner of deceptions are found in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Gonzalo put it succinctly towards the end of the play:

GONZALO: All torment, trouble, wonder, and amazement
Inhabits here. (5.1.112–113)

There are two major deceptions in the play. The first is that the play itself begins with a deception. A ship is caught in a violent storm at sea. The King of Naples and the sailors on the ship fear for their lives but somehow manage to make their way to shore on an unknown island. Prospero's daughter, Miranda, watches the storm from shore and sees the ship "Dashed all to pieces!" (1.2.8) She is distraught about the "The poor souls, the perished." (1.2.9)

Prospero tells Miranda not to be concerned, because he caused the storm with his magical powers and explains that everything she saw was an illusion:

PROSPERO: The direful spectacle of the wreck, which touched
The very virtue of...

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