The Exploration of the “Trinity” Prototype in The Tempest



The close relationship between Shakespeare and the Christian culture has been focused on in the academic world. Especially The Tempest, which is taken as Shakespeare’s “poetry will”, is full of rich implication of Christian elements. Basing on the Myth Prototype Criticism Theory and from the aspects of character image-building and plot structure, this thesis is devoted to exploring the specific presentation mode and the plot function of the Bible Prototype-“Trinity” in The Tempest. The paper attempts to prove that the main characters in The Tempest not only borrow the Biblical archetypes of characters but also apply the relationship of “Trinity” in the Bible in organizing “sin” and “redemption” plots.


The Tempest; Biblical archetype; “Trinity”

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