Gonzalo (The Tempest)

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The Tempest character
Created by William Shakespeare
Date(s) 1610-1611

Gonzalo (/ˈɡɒnzəl/ GON-zə-loh) is a fictional character in William Shakespeare's The Tempest.

An honest and trusted adviser to King Alonso of Naples, he has a good heart and an optimistic outlook, and is described as noble. For example, when Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, were set adrift at sea, Gonzalo took pity on the two of them, supplying them not only with the food and water necessary to survive but also with those things that make life easier.[1] In addition, Gonzalo is the only character able to see Caliban as more than a demonic beast. Gonzalo first arrives on the Prospero's island with Alonso, Ferdinand, Sebastian, Antonio, Stefano, and Trinculo during a storm while returning from the wedding of Alonso’s daughter. During their time on the island, Gonzalo repeatedly attempts to lighten the mood by discussing the beauty of the island.[2] An old, honest lord, he speaks cheerfully on the miracle of the reconciliation of the lords.[3] Many[who?] often see Gonzalo as the mouthpiece of the play, who mirrors Shakespeare's relativist beliefs. The role was portrayed by many of the renowned actors. His heart was of a good man and he did all he could for his peers. An honest man by nature


  1. ^ The Tempest, Some food we had and some fresh water that A noble Neapolitan, Gonzalo, Out of his charity,—who being then appointed Master of this design,—did give us, with Rich garments, linens, stuffs
  2. ^ The Tempest, Act II, scene 1
  3. ^ The Tempest, Act V, scene 1