The Tempest


In Shakespeare’s play The Tempest, the cast of characters are squeezed into some archetypal roles. Prospero is our noble hero, Miranda is the beautiful maiden, Antonio is the "villain". Shakespeare gave each of the characters a sense of humor, a tool that allows us to see the subtle details of their minds; a glimpse at the inner workings of each character’s personality. It is through the humor that Shakespeare employs , that we are able to see "roundness" in characters that could be otherwise doomed to exist as "flat" characters. Shakespeare uses humor to give his players new life, to help them expand beyond the bounds off mere characters and turn into real people.


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Through including contradictory statements, irony, and comedy in the story, Paredes displays his ability to utilize tone in order to construct a complex work with pure grace.


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