The symbol of the tempest, which is a violently windy storm, is obviously very important in the play, apparent from the title. Although the tempest is only in the first scene (at least from what we have read so far), it represents important themes such as control and magic, along with the fact that it causes of everything that follows the storm (like the shipwreck and these shipwrecked men on the island). A tempest is part of nature, but Prospero uses his powerful magic to create this particular storm. The destruction of this tempest shows the frightening and harmful side of his power. Not only does this represent the importance of magic, but it reveals Prospero’s need for control in order to seek revenge. By creating such a wretched storm, Prospero makes the people suffer as he and Miranda did, when they were cast out at sea in a tiny boat. He also puts them at the mercy of the sea just like him and Miranda, although nature is not the one causing the true harm. Prospero reveals to be similar to Chillingworth, since they both seek out revenge to hurt those who have hurt them. If Prospero is similar to Chillingworth, maybe Propsero will end up being punished just like Chillingworth.

– McClain

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