(Thanks to Hamlet, "foil" has come to mean anycharacter who contrasts with the hero, showing up what kind of person the hero is.)Hamlet apologizes to Laertes, and blames his distractedmental state -- he wasn't himself.
If this were an action-movie or something by one of Shakespeare'scontemporaries, the prince might be entirely sympathetic, and hisenemies altogether despicable.
The Tempest's main man Prospero is a lonely magician on an island who makes a decision to break his magic staff and move to Naples. This is eerily similar to Shakespeare's decision to let go of his art.
Grace Kelly went on to become a . Steven Soderberg might just be . Greta Garbo, because she's the coolest person in the world, just said "" and bounced. And Billy Shakespeare? He went out with a bang: he wrote The Tempest.
Through The Tempest's Prospero, we get to glimpse what it must be like to be Shakespeare: the lonely, fallible, tired, cranky man William himself was. This isn't just juicy insight into one of the world's most famous writers. It's also deeply humanizing and will give you shivers of insignificance even as it makes you feel warm n' fuzzy inside: we really are just… humans. Humans who sometimes just need a vacay.
By giving Claudiusreal substance and depth, Shakespeare has at once imitatedlife, increased Hamlet's own stature by giving himan enemy with real character,and reinforced the theme of appearance against reality.
Hamlet replies, "O God, I could be boundedin a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it notthat I have bad dreams." The friends continue to play on theidea that Hamlet's ambitious are being thwarted, sharing somecontemporary platitudes about the vanity of earthly ambitions.
Everyone (except for Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo) finally realize that everything that has happened since the tempest (including the tempest itself) is all just an illusion.
They used to have their own theater,but some child-actors became more popular (a contemporary allusionby Shakespeare to the late summer of 1600), and the adult actors took to the road.
(Note that Hamlet is obviously notreferring to the idea that there are no moral standards commonto the whole human race --as do certain contemporary "multiculturalists".
In The Tempest, magical illusions are mostly created by Prospero (his "art") or Ariel (Prospero's orders) Act I Magic Ignorance Deception Act II Act III Act IV Act V & Epilogue Deception Ignorance Ambition/
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Use Realization: Breaking the Illusion The tempest itself is all just an illusion, conjured by magic.
None obey'd the command to kneel,
Some made a mad and helpless rush, some stood stark and straight,
A few fell at once, shot in the temple or heart, the living and dead
The maim'd and mangled dug in the dirt, the new-comers saw them there,
Some half-kill'd attempted to crawl away,
These were despatch'd with bayonets or batter'd with the blunts of muskets,
A youth not seventeen years old seiz'd his assassin till two more
came to release him,
The three were all torn and cover'd with the boy's blood.
The more than human personages of visionary experience never"do anything." ... They are content merely to exist. …To be busy is thelaw of being. The law of is to do nothing. ...The Egyptian gods, the Madonnas, thebodhisattvas, the Buddhas, ... have one characteristic incommon: a profound stillness.
Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned hisback on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices thatincrease noise and distract humanity from the essence of life,contemplation, meditation.... Tooting, howling, screeching, booming,crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. Hisanxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a grayvegetation.
The gravedigger sings a contemporary songabout having been in love and making love, and thinking it was great, but now being dead and in a grave as if he'd never livedat all.