2017-05-01 02:29:12 UTC
Of the great minds in the Western canon, Shakespeare is perhaps least in need
of another profile or of someone to “sell” him as a delightful source of
wisdom. And like many of Shakespeare’s plays, The Tempest raises
more philosophical questions than are possible—or even desirable—to present
in a brief sketch of the argument and action of this drama.
In slight evasion of these interlocking problems, I lay before you the
general animating theme of The Tempest—the nature or art of ruling—as a way
into this beguiling play and a lens through which to appreciate The Bard more generally.