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  1. Role of Trinculo and Stephano

    Throughout this scene the three characters are drunk and playing around with words, creating a humorous atmosphere. However beneath all the joking around there is a plot by Caliban to murder Prospero. This is taken lightly by Stephano and Trinculo, who don't seem to think much of Prospero. There are many different ways in which humour is portrayed such as slapstick comedy when Stephano hits Trinculo "Do I so? Take thou that! (He hits Trinculo)". Mock seriousness is also used in the subtle plot to kill Prospero, because they are very drunk and not acting seriously. It is also shown in the characters following "King" Stephano as servants to the drunken "King".

    • Word count: 745
  2. Explore the dramatic significance of the island setting in the play

    It could also be interpreted that the island is not fully described because Shakespeare wants to leave it mysterious, so that the audience can hold a temporary suspension of disbelief, making all of the magic, illusion, monsters and spirits more credible. The island is surrounded by water, which is a recurring image in the Tempest. "What cares these roarers in the name of the King?" shows how the water does not follow the divine right of Kings, nature is sometimes more powerful than man, although ironically in this Scene, man is controlling the tempest.

    • Word count: 665
  3. Is Prospero the wronged duke of milan or a cruel colonial master?

    'My library was dukedom enough' this suggests that Prospero neglected his rule whilst becoming engrossed in his studies. Prospero entrusted his brother, Antonio, with his power; only to avoid the council and the people. Prospero was blinded by his studies to the fact that Antonio was organising a military coup with the King of Naples. 'King of Naples, being an enemy' Prospero says to Miranda as he tells her his story. In return for the king's assistance with his acquisition of Milan, Antonio promises that Milan will 'pay annual tribute' and do 'him homage'. This implies that the King was only doing Antonio a favour because he would have Milan in his pocket.

    • Word count: 501
  4. The Tempest Prospero as a contrasting, multi-faceted character (analysis)

    Hang not on my garments!") - he loves her deeply. He tells her that he done 'nothing but in care of her', and all his actions are for her benefit ad to secure her future. He calls her a 'cherubin' and uses various terms of endearment for her - 'wench' - which bring out his love for her. However, Prospero also 'meddles' a lot with his daughter's emotions. She is led to fall in love with Ferdinand, and Prospero's comments, "It goes on, I see" shows that the relationship is all part of his master plan.

    • Word count: 821
  5. Caliban In The Tempest

    Caliban should open his eyes wide and act drowsy and partly oblivious to the surroundings around him. He should also have a very glazed expression on his face after drinking. In the next line of Stephano (line eleven), when he says, "my man-monster hath drowned his tongue in sack" Caliban should hang his tongue out of his mouth as if it is numb and he could possibly drool a bit before repositioning it back in his mouth. The next piece of performance that Caliban is to do is on line twenty-one when he says, "let me lick thy shoe.

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  6. the tempest

    Stephano was rather gullible and easily tricked into believing what Caliban said. He also took Caliban's side without knowing what is actually going on as it states in the context. "Trinculo if you trouble him any more in's tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth".

    • Word count: 431
  7. Jekyll & Hyde - duality 1

    An interested lawyer, by the name of Utterson, comes to know of the hideous and fierce Hyde, and his bizarre link with the well-known Dr Jekyll, who later in the story pays out a cheque for Hyde's (his evil side's) psychopathic behaviour. Shortly after, an unruly murder takes place, the victim being one of Utterson's clients, Sir Danvers Carew. To make the situation even more unbelievable, the murder weapon was in fact a cane Utterson had previously given to Jekyll, as a token of friendship.

    • Word count: 866
  8. How does Shakespeare use language to convey Prospero's character in act one scene two

    This highlights his own power as he sets Ariel free. "She did confine thee.... into a cloven pine". Here Prospero is reminding Ariel of what he's been through (Sycorax) Prospero is conveying his power and mercy upon Ariel. Prospero keeps using blackmail against Ariel (so Ariel can stay and serve Prospero). Prospero quotes "Once a month recount what thou hast been" Here Prospero is convincing Ariel to once a month recount and remind himself of what he's been through and that Prospero has helped Ariel through his bad times. This now gives Ariel no chance but to listen to Prospero under pressure and for giving short answers (or what Prospero wants to hear).

    • Word count: 728
  9. With close reference to the language and imagery of the passage, show in what ways it helps to establish important issues within the play

    Caliban's language however is a lot nobler and it is of much better English than those of Trinculo and Stefano. This is strange because it would be much more correct to have it the other way around with Trinculo and Stefano speaking better English than Caliban. The reason for this is because when Prospero first discovered Caliban, he treated him nicely and with some respect and Miranda also taught him to speak properly and eloquently and so he sounds like a nobler creature than he actually appears to others.

    • Word count: 946
  10. Discuss the Dramatic Significance of the opening scene of The Tempest

    In this opening we find out the roles and characteristics of some of the lead characters. One of these is the optimistic Gonzalo who tries to release the great tenseness on the ship by reassuring the men that they will not be killed by the storm because the boatswain has the mark of hanging on him and uses this superstitious belief to try and relax his shipmates. Another character whose personality is revealed well is that of Antonio. He is a arrogant, rude and unpleasant character who does not agree with the way that the boatswain disrupts the hierarchy on board and does not realize that he is actually trying to help them.

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

    During this extract Shakespeare informs the audience or Prospero's power but also of his wisdom and love for his daughter, he states "I have doe nothing but in care of thee" to Miranda alerting the audience to the fact that in spite of the fact that prospero has just caused a shipwreck he is a moral man presumably acting for his own reasons.

    • Word count: 535
  12. How is fate used by Shakespeare, in the Tempest, to change and control the range of characters, using Prospero's power and his magic? In Literature, Destiny or Fate is a source of irony in literature;

    For non-selfish reasons, he uses his power and magic to unite and create love between Miranda and Ferdinand throughout the play. Throughout the play, neither of the characters are fully aware of Prospero's tempting with their fates, but only the audience are completely aware of it. The Tempest with which the play opens is the result of Prospero's control of the elements, where Prospero creates a storm at sea. Alonso, the king of Naples, is sailing home after the marriage of his daughter, Claribel, to the King of Tunis.

    • Word count: 750
  13. The Collector by John Fowles - From a novel to a play script, pages 31,32,33,34,35. Act 2, scene 1

    Why have you brought me here? Frederick: I can't tell you. Miranda: I demand to be released at once! This is monstrous! [both keep staring at each other] Get out of the way. I'm going to leave. [walks straight towards Frederick, towards the cellar door] [Frederick not moving, Miranda gets close to him] Get out of the way. Frederick: You can't go yet. Please don't oblige me to use force again. Miranda: [fierce look to Frederick] I don't know who you think I am. If you think I'm somebody's rich daughter and you're going to get a huge ransom, you've got a shock coming.

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  14. How does Shakespeare present the encounter between Ferdinand and Miranda from lines 450-499?

    This was an axiom during the renaissance period, hinting that she is only wise enough to state the obvious argument. After Ferdinand is charmed from moving she says, "He's gentle and not fearful." This sounding like she believes he is courageous, but more likely she is emphasizing his gentleness and compassion. These short interjections present Miranda as useless to the entire dispute. There are only three lines of verbal exchange between Miranda and Ferdinand, "My father is of a better nature, sir, Than he appears by speech. This is unwonted Which now came from him."

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  15. Look again at Act one in both texts (The Tempest and Translations') ; compare and contrast the two plays especially in regard to language and communication. Bear in mind the unit is entitled 'Broken Communication'.

    Just as in 'Translations' where there is also a lack of communication as Manus is trying to get Sarah to talk but as she is unable to talk she cannot express her feelings and thought to him clearly and so the communication between the two has been broken. Manus says, "Soon you'll be telling me all the secrets that have been in that head of yours all these years". When Prospero tells Miranda the story of where he came from and how he used to be the Duke of Milan but was usurped by his brother, he asks Miranda if she is listening properly to make sure there would be no broken communication between the two of them.

    • Word count: 895
  16. Miranda's diary

    Instead, I carried on listening, ready to find out the truth. My last memories of our wealthy life were that of three years old when I was pampered by women who looked after me. Father reminded me what it was like then and how he ruled the state. Prospero was the Duke of Milan and Mother the Princess. I'm the only child and only heir to the throne but what I found out was that being the heir didn't matter.

    • Word count: 885
  17. Comparison Between'Pale Horse, Pale Rider' By Katherine Ann Porter , And ' The Snows of Kilimanjaro' By Ernest Hemingway.

    Another similarity is the technique of switching from reality to delirious dreams/ fantasy/hallucinations and vice versa. For example in ' Pale horse, pale rider' the reader first sees Miranda in a dream where she was in her childhood home " How I have loved this house in the morning before we all awake and tangled together like badly cast fishing lines...Too many have died in this bed already, there are far too many ancestral bones propped up on the mantelpieces,...

    • Word count: 900
  18. What is the dramatic significance of Act 2 Scene 1?

    SEBASTIAN: As if it had lungs and rotten ones. ANTONIO: Or as'twere perfumed by a fen." The motive of Antonio's subjugation over his brother is also explained sub-textually. Shakespeare never states specifically, but it is suggested towards the end of this scene when Antonio's pure ambition and lack of conscience is expressed. The audience could have believed that he had honest intention beforehand, as maybe he took Prospero's position as he was neglecting his duty, but this scene proves differently. Although him and Sebastian both share the same sardonic cynicism, with Antonio it conceals an underlying cunning and manipulative nature, unseen and unheard of formerly.

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  19. What elements of the comedy genre are evident in Act1 of the Tempest?

    Also in having everything upside down, this reflects to me that confusion comes into place so comedy gets fit in the place. I feel from reading the play so far that there are a mixture of emotions, themes and genre's The Tempest also has evidence of magic. His brother Antonio over threw Prospero who is the duke of Milan. Antonio and others were returning from his daughters wedding, when Prospero had heard about this, Prospero had immediately ordered to be shipwrecked by his spirit Ariel.

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  20. Prospero - A Power Crazed Despot or a Wronged Man Seeking Justice?

    Caliban knows nothing but aggression and hate, so Prospero uses his magic to scare and manipulate him into being his slave, using him in his quest to seek justice. Ariel was freed from eternity stuck in a tree, of which he was imprisoned by the witch, Sycorax. If Prospero hadn't come onto the island and freed him she would be stuck for eternity. Ariel has great magical power, so Prospero saw this and enslaved Ariel to help him seek justice, but he promises that once the work is done, he will liberate her, "I will discharge thee."

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  21. 'Tempest' is clearly a play which represents christian morality.

    Shakespear is trying to teach us that you should not revengeful and take the the less hurtful approach and just teach those who have done wrong a lesson so they will learn from it. The outline of the play is that the ship which was passing the island carried the shipmen which were once mean and decieved Prospero who was once the Juke of Milan there for Prospero wanted to teach the men a lesson and sunk there ship. This made them all come to the island where Prospero could start his powers on them and begin to teach them a lesson.

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  22. 'The Tempest is concerned with government - of the self and of the state' Discuss with reference to Act One.

    His preoccupation with being self-discipline led him to neglect his commitment to the state as the Duke of Milan. Prospero describes himself as being too 'rapt in secret studies' of 'the liberal arts' making him 'cast upon (his) brother (Antonio)' the Dukedom. Prospero was too passionately involved with his studies, this is clear from the words 'rapt' and 'transported' that have been used to describe his mentality towards his studies. It could be seen that Prospero's need at 'bettering (his) mind' could lead him to become a better person possibly a more effective leader, however Prospero began to withdrawn from his leadership to concentrate on governing himself rather then his nation.

    • Word count: 658
  23. Script work - Who should be duke of Milan?

    Miranda: No I certainly do not! My father was always good and kind to Antonio. Antonio is cruel to exile his own flesh and blood. And an innocent four-year-old girl. When the storm arose that night, we could have died. But Antonio didn't care at all. All he ever wanted was father's money and happy lifestyle! P Lawyer: No further questions Your Honour. Next I'd like to call Mr. Prospero to the stand. (When Prospero is there) Mr Prospero, can you tell me what made you a good Duke?

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  24. The Tempest - Prospero's Rebirth.

    His emotional transformation at the play's culmination is one of reparation and personal growth. What sets Prospero apart from the other characters in The Tempest and those seeking revenge in other of Shakespeare's plays is his ultimate penitence. The positive attributes of his personality enable a powerful transformation. His use of control becomes a window to his auspicious inner qualities, represented by their outward manifestations of ascendancy on those who he protects. Consider his love for Miranda exhibited in his careful selection of a mate and his attempt to portray Miranda as an incomparable treasure to Ferdinand.

    • Word count: 661

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