Although the characters are simple in their representation - Prospero is wise while Miranda is innocent - their simplicity belies the complexity of this work, probably the last written entirely by Shakespeare. I am always mesmerized by this one!
From the Inside Flap:
"This joyous play, the last comedy of Shakespeare's career, sums up his stagecraft with a display of seemingly effortless skill. Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, living on an enchanted island, has the opportunity to punish and forgive his enemies when he raises a tempest that drives them ashore--as well as to forestall a rebellion, to arrange the meeting of his daughter, Miranda, with an eminently suitable young prince, and, more important, to relinquish his magic powers in recognition of his advancing age. Richly filled with music and magic, romance and comedy, the play's theme of love and reconciliation offers a splendid feast for the senses and the heart."
One of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I was involved with my college production of this.
do you really need a review of what is one of Shakespeare's most haunting works, the only one for which a source has never been found, with the amazing "Deeper than ever plummet sounded, I drown my book" speech. A work of the greatest English playwright's maturity, reflexive on the act of creation.
had to read it as a summer reading assignment, and it was quite enjoyable.