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A comparison of The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale Literature Essay (Essay Sample)


D.A.Traversi said of The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale:
“At the heart of each lies the conception of an organic relation between breakdown and reconciliation, in the divisions created in the most intimate human bonds by the action of time and passion and the final healing of these divisions.”
Write an essay in which you discuss how The Winter's Tale and The Tempest are similar and how they differ in their treatment of how the divisions between the characters are created and how they are healed.


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A comparison of The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale
The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale share some similarities in the way they treat the division that was created between the characters. In both plays, the division between the main characters is characterized by feelings of betrayal and jealousy. In The Tempest, the rightful Duke of Milan, Prospero, was deposed by his brother Antonio because Antonio was jealous of him. Prospero, in pursuit of the study of liberal arts, leaves his “jealous brother Antonio” in charge of his dukedom (Bain, p.9). He never for a second considers that his brother would betray him. However, Antonio, with the help of the King of Naples, Alonso, overthrows Prospero and leaves him and his daughter for dead in an open and unstable boat (Bain, p.10). This act leaves Prospero feeling betrayed by his brother and he plots against his enemies for years. In act I scene II, Prospero dooms the ship of his enemies with the help of Ariel, his airy spirit, but ensures that all of them survive and are scattered on the island. Similarly, in The Winter’s Tale,

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