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

[Act 1 Scene 2, Prospero: "be collected."... Prospero: "A prince of power".] Consider the means by which Shakespeare reveals character in the episode.

Extracts from this document...


[Act 1 Scene 2, Prospero: "be collected."... Prospero: "A prince of power".] Consider the means by which Shakespeare reveals character in the episode. In the second act of "The Tempest" Shakespeare takes the opportunity to develop the characters of Prospero and Miranda to the audience. Prospero is set out to the audience as some kind of supreme power, after the audience learn just before this extract that it was his magic, and not simply a hostile nature tat raised the storm in scene 1. The Tempest is a play about power as we observed in the previous scene, when the power of the storm disrupted the power relations between nobles and servants and Prospero is set out as the central force controlling and manipulating events throughout the play. ...read more.


This may be done to prevent the audience immediately labelling Prospero as a villain, Prospero's compassion is further enforced which he informs Miranda of the fact that he has insured that he has prevented any of the people aboard the wreck to come to any kind of harm. This also creates prolepsis as it indicated that Prospero has something planned. Prospero's wisdom and power are conveyed to the audience when he describes himself as "A prince of power" and also "master of a full poor cell". In contrast to Prospero's emitted aura of power and wisdom Miranda is meant to be seen as the epitome of compassion and innocence. ...read more.


and husband. During this section of the play Miranda is also set out to appear very young, and willing to leave her destiny in control of her father, later on seems to take more control of the events around her (such as when she proposes marriage to Ferdinand) however at this point she is still very emotional in a more child like manner "O! Woe the day!" This also helps to show her compassion since she is clearly so concerned for the safety of the people on the ship in spite of the fact that she is unaware of who they are. In conclusion Shakespeare utilises this scene to set out the key elements of both Miranda's personalities, however it is not until later in the play that there characters are properly developed. ***Note, this essay way very difficult :(*** ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE 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 GCSE The Tempest essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Prospero is a powerful character. What impression does the audience get of Prospero in ...

    4 star(s)

    He carries out all Prospero's orders in the play and stays loyal, perhaps out of fear. The audience can see from this that Prospero is totally in control of all goings on with the shipwreck and also with his own servant, Ariel.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Is Prospero a power obsessed tyrant or an egalitarian?

    4 star(s)

    Prospero may use unethical means such as imprisonment to gain power; however a true tyrant uses force and death to gain control, something Prospero did not use. He manipulates people through magic and mental knowledge to get what he wants.

  1. "The Tempest is full of magic and illusion. Consider the effect this would have ...

    This trick could be used when Ariel overhears Sebastian and Antonio plotting to kill Alonso.

  2. What Impressions Of Prospero Do You Get From The Way He Talks and Acts ...

    There is an example of this when Ariel tells Prospero how guilty and sorry his usurpers feel. He tells Prospero that he would feel sorry for them if he were human.

  1. Explore the dramatic impact of the tempest scene in Act 1, Scene 1 in ...

    disaster: "You are a councillor; if you can command these elements to silence, and work a peace of the present, we will not hand a rope no more- use your authority.

  2. The Collector by John Fowles - From a novel to a play script, pages ...

    I don't know what happened to her. But he did it, whatever it was. She's never been heard of since. Miranda: [suddenly] Have you got a cigarette? Frederick: [get the packet and lighter from his pocket and pass them to her] You haven't eaten anything. [Miranda holding the cigarette very ladylike] Miranda: [inhaling] You are telling me

  1. Act 1 sceen 2 The Tempest - Explore the dramatic significance of this episode ...

    How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, that has such people in't!' Even when Ferdinand showers Miranda with praise of her beauty she remains modest, 'No wonder, sir, but certainly a maid.' Miranda shows her compassion in every scene that she appears in from her first words of sympathy for those in the

  2. To err is human, to forgive divine.Write a 600- 1000 word essay on this ...

    Cailban felt extremely guilty and begging forgiveness from Prospero and saying how he was a foll in believeing Stephano as his god :- Ay, that I will; and I'll be wise hereafter/ And seek for grace. What a thrice-double ass/Was I, to take this drunkard for a god/ And worship this dull fool!

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