The Tempest Essay Research Paper THE TEMPESTIn

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The Tempest Essay, Research Paper THE TEMPEST In The Tempest composed by William Shakespeare, a single character portrayed by a human actually symbolizes and represents a being greater than a mere human. Prospero, the magician and the protagonist in this play, appears explicitly as a conventional mortal, but one who does possess supernatural powers. Still, even with magic, we still read his character as being only human. Through certain events of benevolence, and acts of undeniable control, and Prospero?s all around persona, we should interpret his being as that of a god-like figure. Prospero has a plan, and his plan does entail revenge. The quality of revenge is known to be a weakness of man. It shows how spiteful the average human may be. Another weakness of man is to not

only to seek equal revenge like eye for an eye and tooth for tooth, but also to return a punishment that exceeds the initial wrong. Prospero neither gives an adequate or equal return of revenge to his foes, nor does he go beyond his inflictions and vanquish his enemies, even though he is clearly capable. What Prospero does is exactly what a benevolent father might do to teach an important lesson to his children. What he does is redirects everyone?s voyage and casts them on his island. This is analogous to how he was evicted from his royal post as Duke of Milan and cast onto the island. Then he creates in his enemy?s feelings of grief, despair, and longing. Firstly by the terrible sea storm that each had to survive. For Alonso specifically he designs a tragic death of Ferdinand

that the king readily believes but is known to be untrue to the reader. For Antonio, Sebastian, and the king, an elaborate feast to cure there famine is vanished as quickly as it appears. This creates the same type of emotions that Prospero endured, but there is a difference in degree. The magnitude of the events Prospero devised in order to infect his foes with negativity do not compare with what he went through. The severity of his misery was far greater. Also, the duration of pain felt by Prospero greatly exceeded the few days his enemies encountered pain. What can be inferred from this is that Prospero only wanted to show his enemies a taste of the same suffering they had caused him. He does this not merely to inflict pain, but only to invoke real penitence in his enemies so

they can be truly sorry. This is a true act of grace that is only achieved by a being with superior morals than a mortal. Pure benevolence shines through Prospero as he says to Antonio, ?For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother would even infect my mouth, I do forgive thy rankest fault, – all of them;? (V,I,130) God is thought to have the ultimate say so. He controls what happens. But as everyone knows, in Shakespearian times and our own, certain things happen that apparently seem to be out of Gods control. Deaths, famine, and disease certainly qualify. But what we don?t know is if this are out of Gods control, or within and we just don?t understand them. Prospero is exactly like this. On his enchanted island, he reigns. He controls. He is the organizer that puts ordinary

men and kings alike under his spell and command. But, whether it be consequences out of his control or we can?t comprehend them, events occur which do not seem to be directed or wished by Prospero. Firstly, a mutiny is born that has a plan to take his life. He does easily thwart this small threat, but it is clear he did not create it. It appears out of his control. Secondly, it does not fit with Prospero?s liking for Gonzalo that he would put him through the similar tortures that he had planned for his enemies. Good Gonzalo had to endure the shipwreck and swim to shore. He to mourned the loss of Ferdinand, yet he never in the least harmed Prospero. So it appears this was an unintended yet unfair consequence of Prospero?s master plan. Whether we know if it was purposeful and