Alonso (Character Analysis)

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He is the king of Naples and the father of Ferdinand. King Alonso, his son, and his courtiers get caught in the tempest on their way home...

(The entire section is 465 words.)

Antonio (Character Analysis)

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He is the current duke of Milan and the treacherous brother of Prospero, the former duke of Milan. At the beginning of the play, Prospero...

(The entire section is 354 words.)

Ariel (Character Analysis)

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He is a spirit of the air. In I.ii.250-93, we learn that Ariel was once the servant of Sycorax, a wicked sorceress who had imprisoned the...

(The entire section is 611 words.)

Caliban (Character Analysis)

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Described in the character list as "a savage and deformed slave," Caliban is the son of Sycorax, an evil witch who has since died but who...

(The entire section is 690 words.)

Ferdinand (Character Analysis)

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He is the son and heir of King Alonso of Naples. Ferdinand is the first to leap overboard during the tempest; and in keeping with Prospero's...

(The entire section is 398 words.)

Gonzalo (Character Analysis)

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He is an honest and trusted advisor to King Alonso of Naples. In I.ii.160-68, we learn that twelve years ago, when Prospero was usurped and...

(The entire section is 382 words.)

Miranda (Character Analysis)

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She is the daughter of Prospero, the usurped duke of Milan. Miranda, who is approximately fifteen years old, makes her first appearance in...

(The entire section is 658 words.)

Prospero (Character Analysis)

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He is the usurped duke of Milan and the father of Miranda, as well as a powerful magician. Prospero is responsible for the tempest which...

(The entire section is 896 words.)

Other Characters (Descriptions)

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He is a lord attending King Alonso of Naples and a minor character in the play. After the tempest, Adrian is washed...

(The entire section is 1943 words.)