Ferdinand in The Tempest: Traits & Character Analysis

Instructor: Shamekia Thomas

Shamekia has taught English at the secondary level and has her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Prince Ferdinand is a minor character in William Shakespeare's final play 'The Tempest'. Ferdinand is the son of the King of Naples and marries the daughter of the man who sought revenge on his father. Learn more about Ferdinand's character and test your knowledge with a quiz.


When we think of people from royal and noble families, we often describe them as arrogant, self-serving, and pompous; however, not everyone of noble or royal birth can be described in negative ways. Prince Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Naples, comes from a royal family and is humble, kind, and an overall nice guy.

Character Analysis

Prince Ferdinand is the son of Alonso, the King of Naples, and heir to the throne. When the tempest, a violent and windy storm attacks the ship he is on with his father and several other men, Ferdinand immediately jumps overboard. He is separated from his father on a deserted island and led to believe his father died after the shipwreck. Instead of mourning the loss of his father, Ferdinand immediately falls in love with a young girl named Miranda.

Ferdinand and Miranda
The tempest

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