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Storm and scripture
in Shakespeare’s storms
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This chapter examines the ways in which Shakespeare's storm is weighted towards human experience rather than heavenly judgement. In Shakespeare's storm there is no interventionist god; the prince, the seamen and the audience experience the storm together. G. Wilson Knight maintains that 'to analyse the tempests in Pericles would be to analyse the whole play'. The sea has been described as 'the play's second protagonist, facilitator of and actor in Pericles's imperial story'. The continual use of the storm enables Pericles to represent these shifting perspectives at once delicately and forcefully. The chapter argues by reading the storms of writer in the context of their Biblical allusions one can more precisely discern each writer's approach. It introduces John Gower's Confessio Amantis notwithstanding, the Bible is one text which can be said with a relative degree of certainty to have been encountered by both playwrights.

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