Act I, Scene 1 Summary and Analysis

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Alonso: king of Naples who has conspired to usurp Prospero’s dukedom

Gonzalo: an old councilor who has shown compassion to Prospero and Miranda

Antonio: Prospero’s brother, the usurping Duke of Milan

Sebastian: Alonso’s brother

Ship–master: master or captain of the ship

Boatswain: the ship’s officer in charge of the crew and the rigging of the sails

Mariners: the ship’s crew who take orders from the Boatswain

Summary
The play begins with flashes of lightning, the cracking of thunder, and the urgent shouts of the Ship–master, ordering the Boatswain to mobilize his crew and prevent the ship from...

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