The Tempest Characters

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Prospero – Miranda’s father, overthrown by his brother and Alonso, takes over the island with Miranda and keeps Ariel and Caliban as slaves, used to be the Duke of Milan, represented by magic and power (magic was seen as a science)

Miranda – Prospero’s daughter, falls in love with and marries Ferdinand, quite emotional and sensitive

Ferdinand – Miranda’s husband, Alonso’s son, on the ship during the storm but separated from the rest of the characters, controlled by Prospero to fall in love with Miranda

Antonio – Prospero’s brother, usurps his brother and becomes the new Duke of Milan while working with Alonso, promised Alonso that Milan would become joint with Naples (where Alonso is King of)

Alonso – father of Ferdinand, King of Naples and helps Antonio to overthrow his brother

Claribel – Alonso’s daughter who has just got married to the King of Tunis, storm happens after coming home from going to the wedding of Claribel

Sebastian – Alonso’s brother, wants to kill Gonzalo with Antonio and the others so that he can gain power, does not repent

Ariel – spirit that works for Prospero, previously kept captive by Sycorax for 12 years but Prospero says if he follows his orders he will release him


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Caliban – Prospero’s slave, son of Sycorax and serves Prospero and his daughter, tells Miranda he will **** her that he has only been taught how to ‘curse’ even though Prospero and Miranda taught him to speak, represents nature and the native population

Gonzalo – old and wise counsellor, helps Prospero and Miranda when they were usurped, delivers his books and magic to Prospero when they move to the island

Stephano and Trinculo – always drunk, providing comedy throughout certain parts of the play, comedy characters, Trinculo is a jester and Stephano is the butler

Boatswain – orders the rest of the characters in the first act of the play, tells the other characters what they should do during the storm


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