Metaphor in The Tempest

Metaphor Examples in The Tempest:

"We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life(175) Is rounded with a sleep...."   (Act IV)

Prospero’s metaphor refers to the pageant he has produced on the island using his knowledge of magic. He believes that in the end everything will “dissolve” into nothingness. After all, people are the “stuff” or substance that dreams are “made on,” or build of. “Little” suggests that people’s lives are insignificant, and ultimately their lives are “rounded,” or completed, by sleep; these words briefly touch on human mortality.