The TempestProsperoSavior Or Essay Research Paper Prospero

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The Tempest-Prospero-Savior Or Essay, Research Paper Prospero- Savior or Savage? In Shakespeare s highly acclaimed play, The Tempest, a character by the name of Prospero is introduced as the mandated duke of Milan and an all-powerful magician. Prospero s enchanted abilities permit him to dominate a chaotic situation which was fabricated by his sudden expulsion from Milan. Prospero is dishonored by his brother Antonio, and as a result is abandoned on a ship with his loving daughter Miranda to never be seen again. Knowing that Prospero s divine powers are able to overtake any living mortal, readers are left with the conflict of whether or not he will use them for good or to seek revenge. This conflict suddenly arises when Prospero finds himself with his daughter stranded on an

unknown island. Furthermore, the destructive tempest encountered a ship containing Prospero s detestable enemies, leaving them strewed on the very island Prospero was on. Nevertheless, the question remained to be asked is whether Prospero will become a righteous ruler, or a merciless tyrant. The tale of Prospero s expulsion from Milan is told by none other then Prospero himself. Also, the tone used by this character inspires distrust, and from this readers learn how Prospero is not only relentless, but self-pitying and pretentious. As seen in Act I, readers are able to somewhat foreshadow the nature of Prospero s decree as unpleasant and incisive. When Duke of Milan, Prospero felt that his brother Antonio could be trusted, and this was the beginning of his downfall. As a result

of his trustworthiness to his brother, Prospero lost his place of Duke in Milan, and nearly his life. As his life on the island begins, Prospero meets Caliban, brings him into his home and treats him with the respect of another member of the family. Here, readers see a pattern of trust, and betrayal forming which began with Antonio and now is passed onto Caliban. This second betrayal is caused by Caliban trying to rape Miranda, which was utterly looked down upon b y Prospero. Prospero s apparently tyrannical stance is revealed in his exile and verbal abuse of Caliban. This oppressive behavior is seen once again when he threaten s to imprison Ariel, a spirit which Prospero controls and the same one which created the great storm on the sea, till/Thou hast howl d away twelve winters

.pg.475. Besides Prospero s harsh dictatorship, he very unforgiving to Caliban and Antonio. Readers begin to feel pity and remorse for Caliban once he willingly serves Stephano and Trinculo, and see that he is not corrupt, but rather becomes a sympathetic servant. Seeing that Caliban fears and speaks of Prospero as a tyrant, Shakespeare implies that the fault of alienating Caliban goes hand in hand with Prospero s failure to realize Caliban s limitations and to embrace them, while teaching him to be what he can consummate. Moreover, Prospero s approach to the court party shows that he was only interested in showing off his mighty power in hopes of frightening them, yet readers do not realize at this time he is only trying to help and educate them. Prospero s power and remorseless

attitude is a main theme for the beginning of the play and is even further seen when readers discover that he knows about the conspiracy to kill the king planned by Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo. This information is very useful to Prospero and could help him when he tries to reclaim his place of Duke. Overall, Prospero is seen as a barbarous and merciless dictator who s only wish is severe revenge against those who have harmed him most, but in reality, Prospero does have two sides to him just as any other character does in one of Shakespeare s plays. Aside from Prospero s evil plot for revenge and power, one s impression of this character can instantaneously alter at the end of the play, when the forgiveness and remorse flood the pages. It begins with Ariel, when Prospero