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Consider the character of Prospero and show how he used his position to control many of the characters in the play and how his actions contribute to the dramatic effectiveness.

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Tempest essay Consider the character of Prospero and show how he used his position to control many of the characters in the play and how his actions contribute to the dramatic effectiveness. How do his actions and the attitude of the characters to him relate to the events and thinking of Shakespeare 's day? In the Tempest, Prospero is the protagonist. Miranda's father Prospero has spent twelve years on the island. This began when he was usurped from being the Duke of Milan. Prospero is very knowledgeable because of the books he read. He also has control, because he can be harsh and firm but also virtuous towards others. To be a good leader you need to be powerful and this is a big Part of Prospero's image. Throughout the play we see Prospero's harshness, towards Caliban, Ariel, Miranda and Ferdinand. Prospero is very unyielding towards Ariel. Ariel has no freedom because of Prospero's control over her. Prospero only gives himself four hours and as a result of this needs to be firm and harsh, he has to be prompt and order Ariel about and in turn achieves what he wants. To a modern day audience Prospero would also seem a cruel character because of the sense of control and harshness that is created and this is used to overpower the other characters. In Shakespeare's time it would have been expected that a good leader should be harsh and firm- often the leader was head of his family. ...read more.

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Ferdinand is the knight in this game because at the end he is a respected piece, with a small amount of power, but first he is downgraded to a pawn because Prospero makes Ferdinand his slave and slaves have no power. In the end he is worthy enough for Miranda and is therefore more powerful so is promoted back to being a knight in the game chess because he is eventually respected and excepted by the King, Prospero. Ariel is like a castle, because a castle has the potential to, move through many squares but is usually unable to do this due to other pieces. The King still has lots of control over the castle. The castle is a vital piece if you want to be in with a chance of winning l the game. This is like Ariel because Ariel is vital to Prospero in many ways. He helps Prospero by doing the tasks that he needs doing. Finally at the end of the game it's 'checkmate' and Prospero' gets the King of the opponents side. This means that Prospero gets to become the King of Naples once again. Prospero relates to Shakespeare because Prospero controls all the people in the play and in reality Shakespeare controls what everyone does in this play including Prospero because Shakespeare wrote it. Dramatic effectiveness is used throughout the play. ...read more.

Conclusion

Prospero has authority over Caliban and often orders him to do things, "come forth!" "Fetch us in fuel" We know that Caliban realises his position and understands the power that Prospero has because in reply to his orders Caliban says," I must obey. His art is of such power, it would control my dam's God Setebos." When Prospero treats Caliban with violence, "Whom stripes are my mine not kindness," this connects to the idea that if you are good you will be good in education and it is worth educating you, but if you are said to be 'bad in blood' then education is pointless therefore the only form of control is violence and that is why Prospero uses violence towards Caliban because he is not worth educating. When this play is dramatised Caliban could be represented as a creature that is grovelling on the floor next to Prospero showing a height difference meaning that Prospero is more powerful and human like. Prospero is more powerful than Caliban because they each try to curse each other but the curses from Caliban are empty because he has a lack of power. The start of the play immediately fills the audience with suspense, because they do not know what is going on and there is a sense of chaos and action that adds to the dramatic effectiveness. This opening scene does not tell the audience much, and it also seems normal because there is nothing supernatural or strange about it. ...read more.

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