Gonzalo is an old man, an honest counselor of Alonso’s.
Charged with putting Prospero out to sea in a sinking ship, he took pity on the usurped Duke and gave him food, drink, books and all the necessities of life to take with him. A Panglossian optimist, he dreams of utopias and sees the best in everything, though he has no taste for the hard-swearing Boatswain. He recognizes that Alonso is suffering from guilt over Prospero when the latter becomes desperate after the vanishing feast. He is given to moralizing.