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  • REVENGE AND FORGIVENESS - Prospero seeks revenge but chooses forgiveness.
  • FREEDOM AND CONFINEMENT- Shakespeare constantly makes reference to whether or not someone is captive. Caliban and Ariel may be the most obvious examples.

Except for country people, most British people in the Elizabethan era drank ale, beer, cider or wine instead of water. Water was contaminated and not safe to drink, especially in London; the alcohol content of alcoholic beverages helped to kill germs and bacteria.

Most of the Elizabethan Era did not drink water!!!

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