1.1 ‘We split, we split!’ 

A storm rages and a large ship is tossed on the wild seas. As the crew struggles to regain control of the vessel, the passengers—King Alonso of Naples and his court—shout their advice and trade insults through wind and rain. Soon, in spite of the crew’s best efforts, the creaking ship splits and sinks. 

1.2 ‘Come unto these yellow sands’ 

Two figures—a young woman called Miranda and her father, Prospero—stand on an island shore, watching as the ship sinks. Miranda is terrified on the behalf of the drowning men, but Prospero comforts her: the tempest is of his making and all no one will be harmed. As he explains, some of the noblemen on board were responsible for his overthrow twelve years ago and now the time has come to settle old scores. 

Once known as the Duke of Milan, Prospero was exiled from his Dukedom when King Alonso helped Prospero’s ambitious brother, Antonio, to power. With his child and his precious books as his only treasures, Prospero settled on this remote island and learned how to command the strange spirits that lived there. Now, when the opportunity has come at last to get revenge on his old enemies, Prospero plans to trap them on his island under his control. 

Before Miranda can ask any more questions, Prospero puts her to sleep. Alone, he summons Ariel, his supernatural servant, and applauds the terrifying show on the sea that has now brought the noblemen on shore. Prospero commands Ariel to assist him with his final project and promises to release him from his service by the end of the day. 

Miranda wakes up. Prospero calls on Caliban, a human, who has been dehumanised by the new inhabitants,  Prospero and Miranda whi he now serves and refere to him as  half-man, half-monster, who now serves them as a slave, having once betrayed their trust and attacked Miranda in an attempt to rape her. Grumbling and cursing, Protesting his enslavement, especially as he  was generous and welcoming to Prospero, Caliban has no chouce but undertake sets about his daily tasks as  Prospero  commandas,under Prospero’s command.  

Then, the first of the shipwrecked nobles appears: it is Ferdinand, King Alonso’s son, led by Ariel’s strange music and believing his father, along with everyone else, to be drowned. These grim thoughts are soon forgotten, however, when Ferdinand sees Miranda: the two fall in love on the spot. Prospero is secretly happy with the match, but, keen to test Ferdinand, accuses the prince of treachery and uses his magic to control him. In spite of Miranda’s pleas, Ferdinand is led away to labour in Prospero’s service  but unlike Caliban’s labour , Fredinand will receive a reward for his.. 

2.1 ‘Thou letst thy fortunes sleep’ 

King Alonso, his brother Sebastian, and Prospero’s brother Antonio, along with other courtiers, wander around the strange island, looking for Alonso’s son, Ferdinand, who he believes has drowned. Ariel (invisible to everyone) appears and puts most of the courtiers to sleep with his music. Antonio and Sebastian, the only two left awake, plot to murder King Alonso and make Sebastian his successor. Just as they prepare to strike the deadly blow, however, Ariel wakes King Alonso and the others up and the two would-be murderers narrowly escape discovery. After some confusion, the search for Ferdinand continues. 

2.2 ‘Dropped from heaven’ 

In a different corner of the island, Caliban encounters two other men shipwrecked during the storm: Stephano, a drunken butler, and Trinculo, a jester. Not quite sure what to make of the two men—just as the two men are not sure what to make of Caliban—he treats them as divine beings and, delighted with the taste of Stephano’s liquor, promises to show them all the riches of the island.  

3.1 ‘I am your wife’ 

Miranda meets with Ferdinand, who Prospero has ordered to carry heavy logs as a  test punishment. The two reveal their feelings and propose to each other. Mindful of her duties to her father, Miranda leaves Ferdinand, promising to return soon. Prospero, having observed their encounter unseen, is pleased that all is going according to plan. 

3.2 ‘By sorcery he got the isle’ 

Caliban guides Stephano and Trinculo, explaining how Prospero usurped the island which used to belong to Caliban’s mother, a powerful sorceress. witch. Caliban encourages his new masters to overthrow Prospero by burning his magic books and killing him as this would ensure. Then all of Prospero’s treasures, including Miranda, would be theirs. Ariel appears and uses magic to confuse the plotters, but Caliban soon convinces the two men to undertake his plot. The group prepares to make a move against Prospero. 

3.3 ‘Three men of sin’ 

The courtiers, led by King Alonso, are exhausted. Alonso has little hope of finding his son; Antonio and Sebastian resolve to kill him that night. The company witness spirits preparing a banquet and suddenly vanishing without a trace. (Prospero, unobserved, witnesses the scene from above.) Just as the courtiers are about to help themselves to the feast, Ariel appears in a monstrous shape of a harpy and gives a speech that reminds each man of their sins and drives them mad with grief and guilt. Prospero applauds Ariel leaves to set Ferdinand free. 

4.1 ‘Insubstantial pageant faded’ 

Ferdinand and Miranda receive Prospero’s blessing, along with a stern reminder to remain virginal chaste until their marriage. In celebration of their engagement, Prospero conjures a wondrous spectacle with spirits singing and dancing. However, when Prospero remembers Caliban’s plot against his life, he angrily calls off his spirits and dismisses the confused pair. 

Moments later, Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo arrive. Caliban urges his companions to find and kill Prospero, but the two are distracted by the gorgeous garments that Ariel has positioned around the place. Prospero’s spirits appear in the shape of hunting dogs and chase them all away. 

5.1 ‘I’ll drown my book’ 

Prospero is ready to confront his enemies. When Ariel reports their misery, Prospero decides to forgive them after all, but not before calling on his supernatural allies one last time. He promises them that he will break his staff and drown his book in return for their help in restoring the men to their sanity. 

Summoned to a magic circle and confronted by Prospero, now dressed again as the Duke of Milan, his enemies surrender. Prospero is restored to his Dukedom and Alonso reunites with his son. Even Caliban is forgiven, now that he has seen how wrong he was to trust two such fools as Stephano and Trinculo and Prospero has  achieved his aim of regaining his Dukedom.   The island is returned back to Caliban, and it’s his, just  as it was before Prospero settled and  forcefully took command over it. Prospero promises everyone a safe journey home (on the ship which has been restored) and finally parts with Ariel.  

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