• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Tempest - Passage Analysis

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

October 9, 2002. The Tempest: Passage Analysis In William Shakespeare's The Tempest, one of the most intriguing characters that Shakespeare creates is that of Prospero. Prospero's character is significant as he adds a mysterious aspect to The Tempest because Prospero, himself, is also very hidden and secretive. The passage from Act 1, Scene 2, lines 271 to 286 provides the reader with an example of how Prospero can be very manipulative and deceitful. One of the first assumptions that the reader can make is that it is throughout this particular speech that Prospero is employing his manipulative skills in order to convince Ariel that it is only because of Prospero's powers that Ariel is now free from being trapped within the "cloven pine, within which rift/ Imprisoned [Ariel] didst painfully remain." ...read more.

Middle

"Imprisoned thou didst painfully remain/ A dozen years; within which space she died," (1:2:280-281) and "...Then was this island- / Save for the son that she did litter here." (1:2:283-284) Through particular words such as "left", "groans", "space", the reader sees how Prospero uses his art of persuasion in order to make Ariel believe that the life that he now possesses is of much more value than the empty, painful and isolated life that he once lived. Although it is evident that Prospero attempts to portray himself as a noble, good-natured man, this point may be argued. In fact, Prospero calls Ariel "my slave" (1:2:272) which leaves the reader to question why Prospero simply did not grant Ariel his freedom initially if he was so kind and noble. ...read more.

Conclusion

Interestingly, however, Prospero associates honor with physical appearance. This is clearly shown when Prospero calls Caliban "[a] freckled whelp, hag-born - not honored with/ A human shape." (1:2:285-286) In effect, Prospero is illustrated as being a superficial man who looks down upon those who do not fit the standards created by society. Thus, the main significance of the passage is that it allows the reader to truly understand Prospero's two-dimensional character. Although it is portrayed that he is a good man for helping Ariel, it is also seen that he uses that compassionate act in order to manipulate Ariel in being his slave. In addition, the reader acknowledges that honor is of importance to Prospero, yet he associates honor with superficial ideals. In effect, the false impression that Prospero attempts to portray becomes just one of the many illusions that exist on Prospero's island. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level The Tempest section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level The Tempest essays

  1. The Significance of Colonialism in William Shakespeare's The Tempest (1610/11), Thomas More's Utopia (1516) ...

    This subjugation of Caliban, is justified by Prospero due to the tyranny of his mother, 'thy wicked dam' (Shakespeare 1.2.320) Sycorax and to his innate savage behaviour, 'on whose nature / Nuture can never stick' (Shakespeare 4.1.188-9). Although when Prospero first arrived on the isle, relations were quite cordial between

  2. How does The Tempest reflect the concequences for various characters of the isolation of ...

    (Shakespeare 77) Caliban is now a slave to Prospero because of being brought into society, yet when he was isolated he was a free spirit and could do whatever his heart desired. Throughout the play, Caliban is regarded as a monster and he only receives negative treatment from the other characters.

  1. The Tempest - Character analysis of Prospero.

    Seeing Caliban fear cramps and speak of Prospero as a "tyrant", Shakespeare implies that the fault of alienating Caliban lies with Prospero's failure to understand Caliban's limitations and accept them, while teaching him to be what he can achieve. Also, Prospero's treatment of the party seems to show that he

  2. Analysis of Act I - Hamlet

    Sebastian teases the somewhat long-winded but good-hearted councilor by saying that Gonzalo is "winding up the watch of his wit, by and by, it will strike" when he begins another entreaty to the king. When Gonzalo opens his mouth again, he is answered with Sebastian saying "one," as if Gonzalo had struck the hour, like a clock.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work