The Tempest

Explain Shakespeare’s use of “doubling” in The Tempest. Do more than simply note and summarize the instances in which it occurs. Remember that doubling doesn’t just occur between scenes or actions. Show how it contributes to the play’s structural integrity. What themes does it elucidate? How does it reveal character? Since a play is also a drama, a story in which characters’ interactions propel the story forward, shows how the various kinds of doubling contribute to the forward movement of the story. Quote liberally enough, since individual lines spoken by one character might have a double in the lines spoken by another.