comedy overcoming tragety in the tempest
? The Tempest A tragicomedy contains evil and sadness, but, in the end, happiness and order are victorious. A prime example of a tragicomedy is William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. “The Tempest” proves that comedy can conquer evil by Miranda and Ferdinand’s marriage as well as by the emotions and thoughts of two fathers. Just as in a tragicomedy, Miranda’s marriage to Ferdinand is bittersweet. Ferdinand declares his love for Miranda with the words, “O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this sound/And crown what I profess with kind event/If I speak true!
If hollowly, invert/What best is boded me to mischief! I/Beyond/all limit of what else i’ the world/Do love, prize, honour you. ” And Miranda actually proposes to Ferdinand-“I am your wife, if you will marry me; /if not, I’ll die your maid: to be your fellow/you may deny me; but I’ll be your servant, /whether you will or no. ” While it seems like Miranda chooses her own husband, if one would take a closer look, they may find that it was actually Prospero who make this match, for the sole reason of the political stature he gains by being the father-in-law of the prince, Ferdinand.
However, though the audience has reason to be upset with this lack of freedom of Miranda or with Prospero’s motives, the sheer happiness that the viewers have for this lovely couple causes everyone’s contempt to fizzle away, and comedy and order prevails. Another example of a blend of happiness and sadness in the plot is Alonzo and Prospero’s emotions pertaining to their children. Alonzo moans, “where I have lost-How sharp the point of this remembrance is! -My dear son Ferdinand. Alonzo is referring to his son, Ferdinand, whom he believes has died at sea. Prospero replies, “to make the dear loss, have I means much weaker/than you may call to comfort you, for I have lost my daughter. ” Then the curtain is pulled back where Ferdinand and Miranda are playing chess. Prospero is referring to a different sort of loss- the feeling of emptiness a father has when he marries off his daughter. Thought this is unlike the sadness of a drowned son, much like a tragicomedy, marrying a child is tinged with sorrow.
Another manifestation of “The Tempest”’s comedy overcoming tragedy is in the case of Alonzo and Prospero, and their feelings for their children. “The Tempest” has been labeled by many critics as a tragicomedy- a comedy with lamentable overtones. Two examples of this are Miranda and Ferdinand’s betrothal, and parental sensitivity. Shakespeare can harmonize all emotions into a short playwright, and, because of this, he is considered one of the best authors today.