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'The Tempest' is not a story about a badly treated Duke. It is really a story about how the story uses power to oppress the weak.

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'The Tempest' is not a story about a badly treated Duke. It is really a story about how the story uses power to oppress the weak. In my essay I shall be discussing the different characters and their characteristics in the play and also how 'The Tempest' relates to certain parts of society and how the characters are portrayed as metaphors or stereotypical, I shall also be looking at the impacts of Colonisation and what it can do to a country, through this I shall be looking at how the tempest can be related to colonisation and the way that different people look and class individuals by their race ability and by how they look. William J Shakespeare wrote 'The Tempest' in 1611, many people believe that this was the last play he ever wrote and the last words he ever wrote. The play was performed in front of King James in 1611 and this is what made this play so special. This play is what people could say an Epilogue, Shakespeare's last words. In the play 'The Tempest', the main character is a man called Prospero, Prospero, at the beginning of the play, is portrayed as the Duke of Milan. Prospero and his daughter, Miranda was thrown off the island of Milan to die in the oceans by his evil brother Antonio and the King of Milan Alonso. ...read more.


This shows us that Prospero isn't a bad man all the time, this quotation shows me that Prospero wants to get of the island and he is pleased that he has got his dukedom back. When we look at the different characteristics for Prospero's bad side we find that he can become a very evil person, as we can see from the quotations below: 'Do not torment me' (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 57) 'The spirit torments me-o' (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 65) 'Do not torment me, prithee; I'll bring my wood home faster' (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 73-74) These words were spoken by Caliban to show the reader how he has being treated by Prospero and the Spirits (Ariel) on the island. These quotation shows us that Prospero can be a very evil minded person to others that aren't like him, Caliban looks different and acts different so Prospero doesn't class him as a human, he classes him to be a monster. Prospero is very cruel towards Caliban and we know this because it says: 'Hag-seed, hence! Fetch us in fuel; and be quick, thou malice? If thou neglects or dos unwillingly, what I command, I'll rack thee with old clamps, fill all thy bones with aches, make thee roar that beasts shall tremble at thy din' (Act 1, Scene 2) ...read more.


talks about his dukedom and that he wants to be set free from this island, we know this because it says: 'Now my charms are all o'erthrown and what strength I have's mine own. Which is most faint; now, 'tis true. I must be here confirmed by you' (Epilogue) 'Let me not, since I have my dukedom got pardon'd the deceiver, dwell in this bare island by your spell' (Epilogue) This quotation shows us the reader that Prospero doesn't want to stay here and that he wants to go home and go back to his luxuries. The main character Prospero spoke this quotation. Through this quotation he was forgiving Alonso, Tricuio, Antonio and Stephano for the things that they had done to him and his daughter. Prospero was pleased because he was going to rest out his days as the Duke of Milan. In 'The Tempest', Caliban is portrayed to be an ugly monster, but in actual fact he is a man that looks differently to every one else. In the play Caliban acts differently to others. Caliban is a sensitive person but we also know that he can be an evil person as well. We know that he can be a dirty man because it says: 'Ay lord; she will become thy bed, I warrant and bring thee farth brave board' (Act 2, Scene 2) ...read more.

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