'The Tempest' Themes

A Guide to the Main 'The Tempest' Themes

Read about all of the main The Tempest themes with our concise The Tempest theme guide. The The Tempest themes covered include morality, power, control and fairness.

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'The Tempest' Themes: Power Relationships
'The Tempest' Themes: Power Relationships. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

In The Tempest, power and control are dominant themes. Many of the characters are locked into a power struggle for their freedom and for control of the island.

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'The Tempest' Themes: Morality and Fairness
'The Tempest' Themes: Morality and Fairness. Photo © NYPL Digital Gallery

This The Tempest analysis discusses Shakespeare’s presentation of morality and fairness in the play.