The Rarer Action: Tempest Lecture Three

Overview

As Prospero’s project nears its culmination, he arranges a marriage masque for Ferdinand, prince of Naples, and his daughter Miranda. Meanwhile, Caliban leads a plot against Prospero, which is eventually thwarted, and Alonso enjoys a tearful reunion with his son, Ferdinand. Shakespeare leaves the reader with some profound lessons, including the importance of mercy and love for working “the peace of the present.”

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Stephen Smith is the Temple Family Professor in English Literature at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Dallas.