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The Tempest This play was written by William Shakespeare and I will be talking about it in detail in this essay. Prospero is the most important character. This is because he has power over everything on the island. I am mainly going to talk about on how Prospero uses his power to control Caliban, Ferdinand, Ariel and other people on the island. Witchcraft in the time this play was written was more widespread then now. When King James the 1st was at reign many people where in search of new countrys, to start a new civilisation. Whilst they were in search of new lands they came across highwayman, criminals, savages ect. Many of the men thought it was there right to try and tame the uncivilised to their ways. This is what Prospero tried to do with Caliban. Caliban curses Prospero by "All infections that the sun sucks up from bogs, fens, flats, on Prospero fall, and make him by lack-meal a disease." Caliban is cursing that Prospero becomes ill and cannot harm him again. Caliban refers to Prospero as if Prospero is out to harm him ad make his life misery. ...read more.


However Prospero does not hold a grudge forever this is indicated by when Prospero gives the island back to Caliban. "Ay, that I will. And I'll be wise here after and seek for grace. What a thrice-double ass was I to take this drunkard for a god and worship this dull fool!" This is where I realised that Caliban knew he had made a mistake. The quote above is where Caliban apologises to Prospero for what he did and asks for his forgiveness. Prospero treats Caliban with no respect and Caliban just take it because he wants Prospero forgiveness. Caliban does everything Prospero says as soon and as best as he can because he realises that he was lucky to have a master like Prospero. Even though he didn't realise it at the time. "How fine my master is! I am afraid he will chastise me." Caliban is saying that Prospero is a fine master because he is scared of what Prospero could do to him. Caliban is taking whatever Prospero throws at him because he has realised Prospero could hurt him so much. ...read more.


Ariel is told that is he does what he is told for two days he will be released after, but if he doesn't he will be locked up again. I am going to look at another one of Prospero's other relationships within this book. This one is with Ferdinand. He has enough of the way Prospero is treating him and try's to fight back by drawing his sword to Prospero. Prospero being magical just makes it so he cannot move. Ferdinand is being treated like all of Prospero's slaves by being bossed around. Prospero treats Ferdinand more like Caliban rather then Ariel. This is because he is not affectionate towards Ferdinand, as he is with Ariel. Prospero is a harsh master to Ferdinand and Caliban. The attitudes towards Ariel are different because he feels more affectionate towards him. My overall thoughts on Prospero as a master were that he is a unfair master because he treats Ariel, Ferdinand and Caliban completely different, rather than the same. Caliban got treated the worst out of all of them, this was because he tried raping his daughter, and he held the grudge for a long time. Nick Cooper ...read more.

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