ISBN10: 1678592161 ISBN13: 9781678592165 Publisher: Independently Published Published: Dec 28 2019 Pages: 78 Language: English
The Tempest begins with the spectacle of a storm-tossed ship at sea, and later there is a second spectacle-the masque. A masque in Renaissance England was a festive courtly entertainment that offered music, dance, elaborate sets, costumes, and drama. Often a masque would begin with an "anti-masque", that showed a disordered scene of satyrs, for example, singing and dancing wildly. The anti-masque would then be dramatically dispersed by the spectacular arrival of the masque proper in a demonstration of chaos and vice being swept away by glorious civilization. In Shakespeare's play, the storm in scene one functions as the anti-masque for the masque proper in act four.