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The Tempest observes the Aristotelian code of unity of time and place.  The action takes place on one island and within a time frame of the play; from about 2:00 pm to 5:00pm.






Shakespeare’s stage props were primitive and minimalistic, forcing him to rely on word pictures or images to assist the audience to visualise his scenes.  As such his stage is a hotter medium than television or film which does almost everything for its audience.  Find examples of how Shakespeare conjures visual features through the power of evocative and pictorial language.


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