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The Tempest—Shakespeare’s Farewell to Art

Lecture no. 23 from the course: How to Read and Understand Shakespeare

The Tempest—Shakespeare’s Farewell to Art

Taught by Professor Marc C. Conner | 29 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Begin this lecture by investigating the spiritual significance of The Tempest’s island setting as a testing ground for humanity’s nobler nature. Then grasp how Shakespeare seems to speak directly to us through the figure of Prospero, whose final renunciation of his magical art mirrors Shakespeare’s own farewell to playwriting.


August 9, 2016