The use of supernatural in The "Tempest"
Shakespeare was a great dramatist.He was well aware of the demands of the then public.This is the reason he exploited the supernatural as desired in his plays.
Shakespeare's The Tempest
In Shakespeare's time belief in witchcraft and magic was common.The Elizabethans believed in witches and ghosts as much as they believed in their queen and in the supremacy of England .Shakespeare,being a great dramatist ,was fully conscious of the fact that a dramatist cannot live unless he gives public what it wants.Thus he fully exploited the supernatural and made a capital out of it in several of his plays.He has introduced the supernatural in Macbeth,Hamlet,A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest .
TheTempest is the story of an enchanted island inhabited by Sycorax, a damned witch .She was a great sorceress.She enslaved the spirit of the air,fire and the earth.Later on,it was captured by Prospero,a great magician.He,too,controlled all the spirits of air and fire and reigned supreme there.Caliban gives a nice description of the enchanted island:
".........Isle is full of noises,
Sound and sweet airs,that give delight
And hurt not .''
Prospero spreads the charm of his magic upon all his enemies and brings them under his control.But he does not want to hurt them by means of his magic.He tells his daughter about the ship-wrecked bro