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AQA ENGLISH LITERATURE B AS LEVEL recreative coursework on The Tempest

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´╗┐Re-Creative piece The day she was born was the day she died. I knew from that point onwards that my life would change forever. Never in all the fifty years of my existence had I faced a challenge as great as this- bidding my Rose farewell. The Rose who had stood by me throughout the years when I had nothing more than a shack made of stones to give her. The Rose who had bestowed upon me this beautiful blessing whom I now cradle in my arms- the epitome of her once striking mother, now as frail and feeble as an infant in the crib. But it was hard to appreciate this priceless gift while the bearer of the blessing was slowly withering away, leaving behind a piercing thorn lodged deep within the very core of my heart. My babe was dying before me and my back was breaking with each of her calloused breaths. I looked down at the bundle of joy in my arms and my eyes flickered over her innocent face, her bright green eyes, an epic contrast to her mother's faint mirage of green slowly lifted to meet my gaze and a sparkle began to emit from within the fathomless depths. I decided to name her Miranda, 'worthy of admiration' in the Latin tongue, and at that moment, I knew, just knew that I was going to do everything in my power to keep her safe. ...read more.

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action, namely the tragic tempest and the way they lead to the justification of Prospero's domineering nature through his relationship with Miranda and his wife. I have chosen a character that Shakespeare, throughout the play has portrayed as an extremely powerful man who is at the peak of the social hierarchy, and who enjoys infusing fear within characters of a lesser status such as Ariel, by using threats and imperatives- "if thou murmur'st, I will rend an oak and peg thee in his knotty entrails". By choosing this character, it has allowed me to accentuate the softer side to him which is scarcely acknowledged up until the very end of the play. I have carefully chosen to adopt the form of a narrative to allow Prospero's thoughts and feelings to be explored in detail. Mentioning the death of his wife simultaneously with the birth of his daughter- "the day she was born was the day she died" signifies a tragic moment in Prospero's life; this creates pathos as we begin to understand the psychological and physical effects that this metaphorical 'loss' and 'gain' have caused him. This adds to the overall comedic aspect of the play as we see his befuddled emotions/ mind frame; "blessing" suggests his happiness at the birth of his daughter which is then contrasted with the "withering" of his wife and the "thorn" which depicts his melancholy at the loss of his wife, once again contrasted with the "admiration" of his daughter. ...read more.

Conclusion

Inversion is further demonstrated through Miranda actions; Miranda is dressed in her father's "cloak" and wears his "hat" on her head which could symbolise gender disguise to invert the accepted hierarchy regarding women. This idea is displayed further as she is seen "sitting on Caliban's back" which implies that she is ceasing the opportunity to take control and direct the action. However, one may argue that a forbidden sexual relationship is being displayed between Miranda and Caliban, one which sparks fear within Prospero due to his satirical views on "natives" like Caliban. Miranda deliberately associates herself with "the devil's spawn himself" despite her father's disapproval and it's this deliberate flouting of her father's wishes which adds to the tragicomedy of the play and the misrule which then influences Prospero's decision to utilize magic. The final paragraph includes pathetic fallacy conveying the start of Prospero's transformation from good to bad, "the sky darkened" reflects Prospero's mind changing from loving to angry. He feels that he has failed as a father and a husband because Miranda is associating with a supposed "enemy" of her kind and he promised his wife that he would do everything in his "power" to keep her safe. The irony of this is that he resorts to using the power of magic claiming that "I have done nothing but in care of thee", which in turn creates more problems than it resolves. ...read more.

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