Miranda and Prospero stand on the shore of their island, looking out to sea at the recent shipwreck. A story of shipwreck and magic, The Tempest begins on a ship caught in a violent storm with Alonso, the king of Naples, on board. After this, the group plans to return to Italy. Prospero has created the storm with magic, and he explains that his enemies are on board the ship. Tempest will have hypersonic weapons that travel Mach 5 or faster at its disposal, presumably in both air-to-air and air-to-ground configurations. Prospero and his daughter arrived on the island where they remain now and have been for twelve years. These two then begin to discuss the possible advantages of killing their sleeping companions.
Trinculo recognizes his friend Stephano and calls out to him. Nevertheless, Prospero promises not to punish Antonio as a traitor. However, Prospero sets hounds upon them, and the would-be-murderers run off. This isn't just juicy insight into one of the world's most famous writers. Miranda fears for the ship's crew, but Prospero assures her that everything is fine. Another part of the royal party — the court jester and the butler — has also come ashore.
Around this time, the English were trying to establish their dominance in different regions of America, which were slowly coming under the rule of the British Empire. Soon the three are sitting up together and drinking. Prospero, restored to his dukedom, will retire to Milan. Some of these images show actors in character, while others show the plays as if they were real-life events—telling the difference isn't always easy. Prospero invites Alonso and the others to stay for the night so that he can tell them the tale of his life in the past twelve years. Their celebrations are cut short when Prospero confronts his brother and reveals his identity as the usurped Duke of Milan. As all except Caliban and Ariel prepare to leave the island, Prospero, who has given up his magic, bids farewell to the island and the audience.
A dance of reapers and nymphs follows but is interrupted when Prospero suddenly remembers that he still must stop the plot against his life. The story goes that Prospero was the Duke of Milan until his brother Antonio, conspiring with Alonso, the King of Naples, usurped his position. Give Big Billy Shakespeare a standing ovation: The Tempest is his swan song. Years ago, the duchess of Milan, Prospera , was overthrown and exiled with her young daughter. Why does Britain need a British-made fighter? Prospero puts Ferdinand to work hauling wood. Next, Prospero stages a masque to celebrate the young couple's betrothal, with goddesses and nymphs entertaining the couple with singing and dancing. The drunken schemers are led off by Ariel playing music.
The shipwrecked group—Alonso, Antonio, Alonso's brother Sebastian, and various lesser lords—set off to find Alonso's son, the lost Prince Ferdinand. He reveals to her that he orchestrated the shipwreck and tells her the lengthy story of her past, a story he has often started to tell her before but never finished. In the meantime, Ariel seeks his freedom. The next scene begins much more quietly. Most of the characters behave selfishly and squabble amongst themselves. He orders Ariel to hang out beautiful clothes to distract the three fools. It would compete against the recently announced , an , and whatever planes American, Russian, and Chinese defense contractors will be offering at the point the Tempest becomes reality.
Yes, this is weird, but the search party is hungry and wants to eat. A selection of images related to The Tempest is shown below, with links to our digital image collection. The spirits assume the shapes of Ceres, Juno, and Iris and perform a short masque celebrating the rites of marriage and the bounty of the earth. All around, it's pretty intense. We learn that the King of Naples and several of his attendants are on this boat, and that things are going so badly there's not much to do but pray. He pulls back the curtain covering his dwelling to reveal—you guessed it—two very-much-not-dead children, who are very much in love.
The harpy also points out that there are three traitors at the table. The royal party and the other mariners, with the exception of the unflappable Boatswain, begin to fear for their lives. The boat splits in half and the people float off into the sea. There is also another side story going on: Caliban has been plotting with the King's drunken butler, Stefano, and jester, Trinculo also drunk , to murder Prospero so they can rule the island. Gonzalo tries to maintain high spirits by discussing the beauty of the island, but his remarks are undercut by the sarcastic sourness of Antonio and Sebastian. Gonzalo's speech on an ideal commonwealth 2.
Others say that Caliban is merely a product of his birth and that it is not his fault who his parents were. Stephano, Trinculo, and Caliban enter looking for Prospero and, finding the beautiful clothing, decide to steal it. Prospero accuses the shipwrecked Prince of being a traitor and puts Prince Ferdinand to the hard task of carrying wood. The play ends as all go to celebrate their reunions, and Prospero asks the audience to release him from the play. Lightning cracks, and the mariners cry that the ship has been hit. Antonio, Prospero's younger brother, has also been washed ashore with the king's younger brother, Sebastian. Their attempt is foiled by Ariel.
The storm was created by her father, the magical Prospero, who reassures Miranda that all will be well. The other shipwreck survivors have been trekking across the island and stop to rest. Only Prospero is left on stage. When Caliban is brought in, Caliban tells Prospero that he has learned his lesson. The new Tempest fighter project will primarily involve British defense contractors, forging a plane that could be used for domestic use and export. Everyone wakes up, and Antonio and Sebastian concoct a ridiculous story about having drawn their swords to protect the king from lions.
The British government says the fighter should be ready for service by 2035. A banquet appears in front of the shipwrecked group, set up by silent fairy spirits. Tonight he'll tell some of his life story and everyone will head back to Naples via ships in the morning. Prospero grants Ariel his freedom and prepares to leave the island. Caliban, meanwhile, is hauling wood for Prospero when he sees Trinculo and thinks he is a spirit sent by Prospero to torment him. He is the only man Miranda has ever seen, besides Caliban and her father.