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Community Level 6Discerna

Discerna

True Love in a False Paradise

AdvantagesGood storyline, interesting characters, humour/feel-good factor, hidden meanings open to interpretation

DisadvantagesSome of the make-believe a bit over the top

"...first saw a production of the Tempest when I was far too young to understand the language or appreciate the plot. I recall that I was frightened by the opening scene that (if acted well) portrays very vividly the terror of shipwreck. I was then bemused by the attempts of the adults with me to explain the whole idea of spirits that could be conjured up by magicians to control the winds. These same adults were the ones responsible for my rational upbringing ..." Read review
15.08.2003

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Community Level 6MI9to5

MI9to5

Whip up a Storm Review with images

AdvantagesSuperb characters

DisadvantagesPossibly a little difficult to read

"The Tempest by William Shakespeare is another piece of literature that I have had to read as part of my degree and I must admit one of the pieces I was most looking forward to. In general I must admit that I am quite a lover of plays and really enjoy both reading and watching plays by Shakespeare, Webster and Marlowe. Because of this I hit this play running so to speak and threw myself whole-heartedly into devouring it and must admit that I am so ..." Read review
30.04.2009

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Community Level 6Bryn_Pearson

Bryn_Pearson

Kings and monsters

Advantagesquite provocative and with some interesting subtext

Disadvantagesgetting into the language

"The Tempest is a fascinating play, bleniding large scale politics with the personal, drawing on strong natural imagery and dabbling with magic - lots of the best Shakespeare ingredients. Obvious comparions can be made with "A MIdsummer Night's dream" but this is by far the more focused text, and has a far smaller cast. The Plot: Prospero is the rightful Duke of Milan, but due to some politicking, he's an exile, trapped on a small island with his ..." Read review
06.02.2002

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Community Level 2lil_devilg

lil_devilg

Anarchy Rules...

AdvantagesMany contraversial topics are explored.

DisadvantagesSometimes reading plays can become tedious.

"...so many issues? It explores the themes of slavery, disloyalty, nature vs. nurture, punishment and redemption. This play is an amazing piece of literature in which Shakespeare says goodbye to his audience. This was the last of his plays, and Shakespeare knew that his life was coming to an end, he was an old man and conveyed the message that man cannot control nature. The opening scene is when the Tempest is occuring and there are men on a ship, they ..." Read review
08.04.2001

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Community Level 2crapitoche

crapitoche

sorry...

Advantagessome

Disadvantagestoo straight forward

"I'm so sorry.... I know The Bard is some kind of a VIP, I know everything he wrote was wonderful. Still, I don't like The Tempest. To me, it's one of his worst plays. I must say that some of his plays are really boring... For instance, The Winter Tale, it is very cute, but it looks like Mickey Mouse in Wonderland, mum comes back, we are glad, we cry a bit, but finally we smile. Completely excentric. Titus Andronicus... How could Shakespeare ..." Read review
24.09.2001

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Community Level 7dave27

dave27

Underrated

AdvantagesCaliban

DisadvantagesProspero

"The Tempest is one of the more underrated of old Bill Shakeshaft's work and has a lot of connections for me. I remember seeing it as a play put on by the sixth form when I was at school and I particularly remember a damn fine performance as Caliban by one of our prefects who was a pretty wild character, although it was the drunken and shipwrecked sailors who took most of the plaudits. (Moggy Matthews, whew, what a guy!) I also had this as one of my ..." Read review
03.04.2001

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Community Level 2dean-in-da...

dean-in-da-hole

The tempest

AdvantagesA good book and is written by shakespeare

DisadvantagesOld english and hard to understand

"...and wants a copy of the essay you are more then welcome :-p. Imagine that you are going to direct a version of The Tempest. Explain how you would present the character of prospero to an Audience in act 1 scene 2 and The Epilogue. From the very start of William Shakespeare’s play `` The Tempest `` We can see that the character Prospero has a range of personalities. They can change rapidly from heartless and cruel to soft and loving. He is always ..." Read review
09.01.2004

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Community Level 1bevron

bevron

Fun Shakespeare

Advantageswitty, intelligent, easy reading classic

Disadvantagesa bit jumpy and erratic at times

"I loved the Tempest. It was a really good read and the few times that I have seen the play, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The characters are fabulous. You could not get so many completely different characters in the same play, so successfully, if you tried. The characters are loveable and you really feel for them and sympathise with them especially Caliban who you just want to mother like a pet, and Ariel who you can pity in one instance and ..." Read review
19.06.2003

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Community Level 2Suchet

Suchet

A cracking good story.

AdvantagesA bit easier than other Shakespeare stories.

DisadvantagesMaybe a bit too long like all his other stories.

"...have a soft spot for The Tempest. It's almost like an allegory of the stage - and much more than that, it works on a number of levels - It's a comedy, a romance and a thriller. Ship wrecked on an island Ferdinand is seperated from his royal father and the rest of the crew - He soon meets Prospero (The magician who rules the island) and his lovely daughter Miranda (Who Ferdinand falls in love with.). There are many mysterious and wonderful characters ..." Read review
30.04.2001

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Community Level 1Henndrix

Quick review of The Tempest - William Shakespeare

"the tempest is not the best story in the world. the tempest is a lonh boring story.the video with real people is wrong because you see a males sex organ sticking out. so it is not suttable for men exept if you are gay.i would rate it a 15+.
25.11.2007

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Community Level 1DCTucker

DCTucker

What is the point?

AdvantagesEasily accessible.

DisadvantagesYou get to the end and wonder what the point was.

"The Tempest begins with the exiled Lord of Milan, Prospero (who now seems a little bit past the point of sanity) conjuring up a storm to shipwreck King Alonso of Naples and his followers, who include Prospero's backstabbing brother and Alonso's son, in vengeance for his exile. All very well and good, I enjoy a bit of vengeance in a play. But Prospero's plan seems not to involve any kind of retribution, although Alonso believes for a short while ..." Read review
02.08.2003

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Community Level 1unconditio...

unconditional123

Tempest

Advantagesgood comic subplot

Disadvantagesshakespearian language can be difficult

"...example of why he became the success that he is. The play has a good plot, and a comic sub plot, although the "being shipwrecked" idea has now been overdone, it is still a fine example. The tragicomedy is brilliant to read, fantastic to watch and is so interesting to interpret. It can be read in many different ways, and the perceptions of characters are so different. I would definately recommend this to people who arent so fond of Shakespeare, as ..." Read review
13.10.2007

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Community Level 3lorna200293

lorna200293

Is This Book Right For You..??

AdvantagesInteresting

DisadvantagesHard To Follow

"...as it says exsacally what the characters say. But this could also have its disadvantage because there is no narration to the piece of writing apart from the stage directions.. ..If you are thinking about buying this book or the script for the play its self...then i would strongly recommend that if you have a good understanding of shakespeare then maybe the book is a good idea for you. If you do like shakespeare but dont always follow it with ease ..." Read review
04.04.2007

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Community Level 1babyrazzle

babyrazzle

dont buy it

Advantagesit can improve your reading age

Disadvantagesa waste of money

"...was complex and i found the story line a little boring i would not read this book again! the character for me had no real meaning and i did find very little meaning in this book , unlike many other shakespear plays i did not get gripped in like i usually do . scince rading this play i discovered this was ment to be shakespears last play write and i soon after did notice a connection between prospero and shakespears . towards the end it became a lot ..." Read review
23.06.2007

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