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Assess The Character Of Prospero. Has Your View Of Him Changed After Reading This Scene?

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Assess The Character Of Prospero. Has Your View Of Him Changed After Reading This Scene? Prospero appears in the play early on in the second scene. After the exhilarating beginning to 'The Tempest,' his daughter Miranda and himself bring about a calmer atmosphere, Shakespeare has intended to do so, to the extent that he has converted the language into verse for these characters. Miranda especially expresses a flowing and poetical image where she tries to portray herself as a helpless and weak girl 'O, I have suffered.' Some sentences are linked to add to this affect 'th' welkin's' overall her reflection creates an outline of Prospero's character, as he is her father. By examining the detail of characters with some connection to Prospero, like Miranda and Caliban for example, makes it simpler to assess his character. For the reason that the way he acts around different people shapes his personality. Prospero's name means 'fortunate' or 'prosperous' which is worth taking into account when studying aspects of his character. I should consider whether he uses his powers wisely and humanely or selfishly, as this will uncover a larger proportion of his hidden personality. ...read more.

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This gives me another thought about his character, and what his priorities are. What is Prospero without Ariel? I consider this a vital question if I aim to explain in detail his personality. Ariel entitles Prospero to use magical powers. He considers himself to be a strong character already in this play and proposes this well. However, I think his powers are all which makes him feel this way, because they allow him to treat characters in an inferior way to himself. Without them himself and Miranda would be stranded on the island. Since other characters are aware of his abilities, I think it makes them respond to him carefully and not necessarily honestly. Although, Caliban isn't afraid to speak his mind and address Prospero as if they are of the same status, like when he suggests the island had belonged to him- but since Prospero had landed there, he took over. 'Thou didst prevent me, I had people else this isle with calibans.' He challenges Prospero, which is of rarity within the play so far from many of the other characters, who barely face up to him. Caliban in addition insists that Prospero is not only ruthless but also hypocritical. ...read more.

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He has previously intrigued the audience into the play with the dramatic first scene. Now it is a priority to begin revealing the story behind the tempest. Prospero's character does so without difficulty. He introduces new characters such as Ferdinand, and schemes plans to increase the tension. Keeping the audience on the edge of their seats. Relationships are likely to develop or repel as the story unfolds. Although, my opinion of him at the early stages of his appearance are not that dissimilar to them throughout act one scene two. Immediately, he (and Miranda) created an immense image, which is how he still presents himself at the end. Obviously my opinions changed in the way that they developed, but overall they didn't transform just grew. Once I realised Prospero created the storm my opinions differed, and again when I discovered the reasons for his actions, and that Antonio was his brother. They all allowed me to assess his character a little more. However at this stage I hadn't created a completely clear image of his character in my mind, so therefore my views of him were altering incessantly. Already I suspect that Prospero is the main character and must sustain the interest of the audience. He could be played as a magnanimous man or a nasty sorcerer. Either way, his character can be measured through the ways I have chosen. ...read more.

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