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

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[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.

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