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The Tempest

The Tempest, one of Shakespeare's last plays, is remarkable for its elaborate staging and close adherence to the neo-classical "Aristotelian" unities. A traditional approach to the play was to see it as Shakespeare's formal farewell to the stage; more modern readings see it as a more complex study in the use of power, especially in its overtones of colonialization.

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  1. Summary: facts about The Tempest

    First published: 1623 in the First Folio First mention: performed before the King on Hallowmass Night (November 1611

    Source: this is one of the few plays where Shakespeare seems to have devised the plot himself.