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How the use of different language amongst the characters in "The Tempest" makes a contrast, making the audience feel differently towards the characters.

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In this essay I will try to explain how the use of different language amongst the characters in "The Tempest" makes a contrast, making the audience feel differently towards the characters. Some characters, the audience feel very sympathetic towards and admire, where as other characters the audience despise and feel very unsympathetically towards. I will describe the reason for this and whom the audience loves and whom the audience hates. In "The Tempest", the audience has many different thoughts and opinions of characters. Near the beginning of the play the audience already begins to get an idea of the characters they admire and those they despise, although our thoughts and opinions do begin to change slightly throughout the play as characters have both good and bad points. At the beginning of the play in Act 1 Scene 1 everyone is on the shipwreck getting very annoyed and frustrated. Gonzalo and Sebastian have a rather high role in society, although their language does not show this. As their anger and frustration takes over them and their language becomes very foul, low and crude, they begin swearing and cursing at the Boatswain - 'you bawling, blasphemous incharitable dog', 'Hang cur, hang, you whoreson, insolent noise-maker'. ...read more.

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Miranda - 'If you'll sit down I'll bear your logs the while' Ferdinand - 'No precious creature, I had rather crack my sinews' This shows how romantic they are and that they would do anything for each other. Prospero is still very against their relationship - 'Poor worm thou art infected, this visitation shows it'. This quote shows how Prospero believes Ferdinand has poisoned her into believing he loves her and is a good person, although he is just a horrible person and is just using her. Although, Prospero begins to change his attitude towards Ferdinand and Miranda in Act 4, and accepts their relationship and the situation. Caliban is a very different type of character. Shakespeare shows this by the use of language he uses. Caliban, unlike Prospero, Ferdinand and Miranda, is a very ignorant and violent character. He is a savage, deformed slave who is the son of the evil witch Sycorax. In the play he attempts to rape Miranda, showing his monstrous and evil personality. Shakespeare also uses language to portray Caliban's horrid personality. In the beginning of the play when Caliban greets Ariel and Prospero with curses 'A south-west blow on ye And blister you all o'er'. ...read more.

Conclusion

The red plague rid you for learning me your language!' I feel Anthonio is the real villain in the play. He never stops being cynical and mean and continues to plot evil schemes throughout, trying to convert others to villains like himself. He tries to make Sebastian help him to kill Alonso and Gonzalo so that he can have the power of the throne. 'Lay to bed forever', Anthonio says this in his plot to kill Alonso, it means to kill, and he also says 'the perpetual wink for aye', this stands for death itself. At no time is he nice to anyone or does he change his mind about what he has done. As Alonso repents in the end, Anthonio does not budge or show indemnity or guilt about his actions, even though Prospero forgives him and spares his life. Anthonio is the one that started the whole argument in the first place by banishing Prospero, Anthonio is the one that should be punished, the one that should be repenting, but he does not show a single sign of remorse. ...read more.

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