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From the basic plot Prospero does not seem like a bad person but there are many fine details missed out in the summary. When Prospero arrived on the island its only inhabitant was Caliban who had grown up there.

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Introduction

The Tempest Critics believe that William Shakespeare's play The Tempest was written around 1610. It opens with a storm, which results in shipwreck, many of the main characters end up stranded. The first time we hear of Prospero is in Act I Scene ii were he is involved in a conversation with his daughter Miranda, during which she accuses him of causing the storm " "If by your art" you have caused this storm". He admits it but in doing so ends up confessing to Miranda all about her past and how they came to be on the island "'Tis is time I informed thee farther", he does this to try and justify his actions. He has a slave called Ariel "I thank thee, master", who comes and informs him of the results of the storm. All of the crew and passengers survived as Prospero asked Ariel not to harm any of them "But are they, Ariel, safe?" "Not a hair perish'd". We then begin to learn about another key character, Caliban, who is another of Prospero's slaves "Thou most lying slave". ...read more.

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He explains all that has gone on to everybody. He decides to give up his magic and return as Duke of Milan while Miranda and Ferdinand declare their love for one another. From the basic plot Prospero does not seem like a bad person but there are many fine details missed out in the summary. When Prospero arrived on the island its only inhabitant was Caliban who had grown up there. Calibans way of life was very different to Prosperos as he had not grown up with civilization. Prosperos personality appears to have more bad traits than good. His worst are a strong arrogance as he thinks he is life is not only different to Calibans it is also better, which is not true. He does seem to have a few positive traits the main one of these appears to be honesty as he shows his intentions about owning the island and re-gaining his Dukedom but this is counteracted by the way he is very sneaky and tries to influence the forces of nature. This is shown when he repeatedly makes himself or Ariel invisible and speaks to other characters although he were someone else. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also when Ariel has served Prospero for long enough he is allowed to be free "I shall miss thee but yet thee shalt have freedom". One of the things that Ariel did for Prospero is teach him to forgive and forget, it was he who spurred Prospero to let the royals free " Your charm so strongly works 'em that if you now beheld them your affections would become tender" "Dost thou think so, spirit?" His final relationships are with his family, Miranda and Antonio. He is very protective of Miranda as she is the only family he has known for a long time. But his relationship with Antonio is a little more complicated. "For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother would even infect my mouth, I do forgive thy rankest fault-all of them; and require my dukedom of thee, which perforce I know thou must restore." This is Prosperos way of forgiving Antonio. It is not very kindly and he insists on reclaiming his title. This portrays that they have a very stretched relationship and Prospero, given the choice, would not be brother to Antonio. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rosie Baulcombe 8c 20/04/04 ...read more.

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