First performed in 1611, The Tempest explores the consequences of European settlement in the New World. Read a character analysis of Prospero, plot summary and important quotes. The Tempest Shakespeare homepage | The Tempest | Entire play ACT I SCENE I.
Jove's lightning, the precursors . O' th' dreadful thunder-claps ... The Tempest tells the story of the Duke of Milan, Prospero, who many years before had come to the island with his infant daughter.