Writer"s Log Rhe Tempest Essay

Submitted By brookehetman
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Writer’s Log I chose Act I, scene i because I thought it was a short, yet important enough passage to dig into. Also, for me, the beginning of a story is very important. It draws the reader in and gives them an idea of what is later to come. It sets the theme to the story as well as many other key components. I practiced close/ critical reading in my latest essay by identifying the themes I have found, imagery language, textual contact, and tone. The theme of this passage is power. In this scene, the nobles get their first taste of powerlessness. The wildness of nature (in reality a spell worked by Prospero) has turned the tables on them, so that someone who would normally be their subject, the Boatswain, now gives them orders. The imagery language that was used is dramatic since all the noblemen are frantic and scared that the boat is sinking. The tone is fear which also ties in with the dramatic imagery language since the boat is sinking. The person reading my notes and critical analysis could get a better understanding of this passage because I did a good job summarizing up the scene in my own words. I then went into explaining how all the different key components that play out in the scene and gave examples of tone, theme, imagery language and textual context. With all these important concepts being explained thoroughly this person can achieve a deeper understanding of the story as a whole.

In Act I, Scene i of The Tempest a very big storm rages around a small ship at sea. The master of the ship calls for his boatswain to rouse the mariners to action and prevent the ship from being run aground by the tempest. The Boatswain tells the nobles to get below-decks. The King and Prince take the advice of the sailors and go below deck to pray while Antonio, Sebastian, and Gonzalo stay above. Gonzalo has already exchanged words with the boatswain, who was testy to the royals. Antonio and Sebastian show their nasty dispositions and curse the boatswain in his labors. The Boatswain does not have time to pander to the arrogant King and his courtiers, so he is short with them. The…