"The Tempest" is a play written by William Shakespeare. It includes symbolism, imagery, dramatic irony, allusion, throughout the play. In this visual collage, symbol or image will capture their essence in a selection or words and illustrations.


"Jove’s lightning, the precursors  

O' th' dreadful thunderclaps, more momentary

And sight-outrunning were not. The fire and cracks

Of sulfurous roaring the most mighty Neptune

Seem to besiege and make his bold waves tremble,

Yea, his dread trident shake. " Act 1, Scene 2, Line 202-207

"Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.

The sky, it seems, would pour down stinking pitch,

But that the sea, mounting to th' welkin’s cheek,

Dashes the fire out." Act 1, Scene 2, Line 2-5

My library

Was dukedom large enough.  Act 1, Scene 2, Line 128

"The king's son, Ferdinand,

With hair up-staring,—then like reeds, not hair,

Was the first man that leap'd; cried, 'Hell is empty

And all the devils are here.' " Act 1, Scene 2, Line 213-216


The Tempest is a physical manifestation of Prospero's anger and his suffering.

Prospero's magic book

Prospero's books are the source of his magic, and would'nt be anything without them.

"...rapt in secret studies" Act 1, Scene 2

"I'll drown my book" Act 5, Scene 1

"Lie there my art"

"Lie there my art"


"Joves's lightnings the precursors O' the dreadful thunderclaps"

"Joves's lightnings the precursors O' the dreadful thunderclaps"

"the most mighty Neptune seem to besiege and make his bold waves tremble; Yea, his dread trident shake."

"Iris. Whos wat'ry arch and messenger am I"


"Full fathom five thy father lies.

Of his bones are coral made.

Those are pearls that were his eyes.

Nothing of him that doth fade

But doth suffer a sea change

Into something rich and strange "

"So safely ordered that there is no soul—

No, not so much perdition as an hair

Betid to any creature in the vessel—

Which thou heard’st cry, which thou sawst sink"


The Tempest pertains to the theory of Marxist Criticism. The play contains many elements of class struggles and class conflict. The main conflict in the play is, Prospero wanting to get back at his brother and his fellow mates, for everything they have done to him. It is a fight over power, as Prospero was Duke of Milan and his brother Antonio backstabbed him and took that from him. Antonio wanted to have power and wanted to rule over Milan, but now Prospero wants that power back and wants to get revenge on sending him and his daughter away on a boat. There is a lot of class conflict, as Antonio will do anything just go get power, even though he already does, he wants more power. At the beginning of the play, he convinces Sebastian to kill King of Naples, so he could be King.  Also, throughout the play you notice that this play is about who has power over who. Prospero used to be the bourgeoisie and everyone else the proletariats, but that was reversed when he was sent away. Prospero is shown as a character that always wants the upper hand in every situation when he arrived at the island, he took over. He captured Caliban and Ariel, making them do everything he wants, becoming the bourgeoisie again. Not only that, when everyone was on the island, he had all the control over every single person. An example is, he used Ariel to spread them all apart and make them thing they were going crazy.

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