In this episode of Lost
we are introduced to a new Dharma station, The Tempest
. Now for a lesson in literature. The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare about Prospero, a sorcerer who raises a storm that causes a ship full of his enemies (one of whom is his brother Antonio) to crash on his mysterious island. He is on the island with his daughter Miranda and he holds dominion over a deformed creature named Caliban and a spirit named Ariel.
If we want to draw conclusions, I first assumed Prospero was Ben, but that doesn’t seem quite right. So instead, I’ll let my mind go off on a tangent that paints Jacob as Prospero. Only he’s not actually named Jacob, he is, in reality, Alvar Hanso, who might actually be the same person as Magnus Hanso, captain of the Black Rock and founder of the Dharma Initiative. Given that he was, at one time, business partners with Charles Widmore, this would make Widmore Antonio. Then Ariel and Caliban would be Ben and the Black Smoke Monster, minions of Jacob.
This is all mindless speculation. Perhaps Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse simply used The Tempest because it’s a play about a mysterious island with magic and a crashed ship. Maybe there’s no deeper significance than the obvious plot points. Or maybe Jacob is Charles Widmore’s long lost brother or former business partner.