The Tempest Themes

  • Created by: Sioned
  • Created on: 02-04-17 13:19

Themes in the tempest

Parent/child relationships

  • Absent mother – Caliban and Miranda
  • “my dearest father”
  • I / Have given you a third of mine own life."
  • “I have done nothing but in care of thee”
  • “Thy no greater father”
  • “do you love me master” “my dear Ariel”
  • “So is the dear’st o’th ‘loss” – Alonso


  • “What care these roarers for the name of king”
  • “your art”
  • “This is no mortal business, nor no sound/ That the earth owes”
  • "First to possess his books, for without them / He's but a sot as I am"
  •  “The isle is full of noises, / Sounds, and sweet airs that give delight and hurt not."
  •  "Thy shape invisible" – about Ariel
  •  "These are not natural events; they strengthen / from strange to stranger." – Alonso


  •  “I’ll make you the Queen of Naples”
  •  “Goddess”
  •  “Changed eyes”
  •  “Labours pleasures”
  •  “most dear mistress” “precious creature”
  • “love, prize, honour Miranda”


  • “Revenge it on him”- Caliban
  • "that foul conspiracy of the beast Caliban... against my life”
  • “The rarest action is in virtue than in vengeance”

Nature and Nurture

  • “Tis a villain"
  • “got by the devil himself”
  • “thou poisonous slave”
  • “in my false brother, awakened an evil nature”
  • “A devil, a born devil, on whose nature Nurture can never stick”


  • "the son (Caliban) that she did litter here, / A freckled whelp, hag- born - not honoured with/ A human shape"


  • “All hail,


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