THE TEMPEST 10 KEY QUOTES.

Learning and analysing key quotes is vital to preparing for GCSE English Literature exam.

These quotes cover a range of literary devices, themes and characters, meaning you’ll be prepared no matter what question you get in your exam.

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My library was dukedom large enough.

Act I, scene 2

Themes: Betrayal/knowledge as power

Language devices: metaphor, hyperbole

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I am your wife, if you will marry me.
If not, I’ll die your maid. To be your fellow
You may deny me, but I’ll be your servant
Whether you will or no

Act III, scene 1

Themes: Love/Servitude

Language device: metaphor/hyperbole

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Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,

Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and

hurt not

Act III, scene 2

Themes: Colonialism 

Language devices: sibilance, personification 

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We are such stuff  

As dreams are made on: and our little life  

Is rounded with a sleep

Act VI, scene 1

Themes: reality vs fantasy 

Language devices: metaphor, euphemism, alliteration 

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How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, 

That has such people in’t. 

Act V, scene 1

Themes: Reality vs perception/ Colonialism/ idealism  

Language devices: personification, hyperbole 

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As you from crimes would pardoned be, 

Let your indulgence set me free. 

Epilogue

Themes: Betrayal/Power 

Language devices: simile, rhyming couplet, direct address 

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Hell is empty and all the devils are here

Act I, scene 2

Themes: Colonialism  

Language device: metaphor 

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This my mean task 
Would be as heavy to me as odious, but 
The mistress which I serve quickens what’s dead And makes my labours pleasures.

Act III, scene 1

Themes: servitude/slavery 

Language device: metaphor 

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Thought is free.

Act III, scene 2

Themes: Colonialism/ Slavery/Freedom  

Language device: metaphor 

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If by your art, my dearest father, you have 
Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.

Themes: Knowledge as Power/ magic 

Language devices: metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia 

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