Gonzalo (The Tempest)

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The Tempest character
Created byWilliam Shakespeare

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.

Gonzalo, Prospero, and Miranda[edit]

Gonzalo was a nobleman from Naples. He had been chosen to carry out the plan to carry Prospero and Miranda to the sea and trying to kill them in there. However, he didn't kill them, but instead he gave them clothes, linen, and other necessities that had been a great help for Prospero and Miranda. Knowing how much Prospero loved his books, he decided to give him some books from Prospero's library that Prospero values more than his dukedom.

Character's Quotes about Gonzalo[edit]

Prospero, "(Gonzalo) had given us out of the kindness of his heart."

Miranda, "I wish I could see that man (Gonzalo) someday!"


  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