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How does Shakespeare use language to convey Prospero's character in act one scene two

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How does Shakespeare use language to convey Prosperos character in Act 1 Scene 2? Shakespeare shows his characters to be unique. They each have extraordinary characteristics ands personalities in the play. The main character whom I am going to concentrate on is Prospero. I will be focusing on his gestures and language and how this suits his character in the tempest. Prospero is a powerful, sharp, determined and a loving farther. He is willing to change and can also become mercurial at times. Prospero is considerate yet stern. So how does Shakespeare use language to convey prosperos character? Example one: Prospero uses similes, metaphors and detailed description to emphasis the horror of Ariel's situation before he came to the island. This highlights his own power as he sets Ariel free. ...read more.

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Prospero is anxious, and hurls questions at Ariel, Prospero is relying on Ariel to do all his work and tasks for him. Prospero fires Ariel a series of short and fast questions such as: "But was not this nigh shore"? " But are they Ariel, safe"? At this point Prospero is shown to be anxious, impatient and urgent about his work. Prospero gives Ariel long and reproachful speeches because he wants to keep Ariel in line and make her understand. At one point in act 1 scene 2 Prospero bestows a long speech to Ariel, talking again about sycorax and how Ariel was entrapped by her. Ariel now can no longer talk about his freedom, after being indulged by this powerful speech from Prospero. Ariel can no longer say anything in his own favour. ...read more.

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When Prospero threatens Ariel, he blackmails as well, to remind Ariel of the incident involving sycorax. That way Ariel understands how generous and merciful prosperos is. The way Prospero addresses Ariel and Caliban is a sign of his power and authority. Quote: Why that's my spirit! Quote: Come forth, I say! Thou poisonous slave, got by the devil himself upon thy wicked dam, come forth! Prospero sees a lot of difference between Ariel and Caliban. Ariel is a humble, loyal, dependable SERVANT And Prospero hates Caliban, and so calls him a SLAVE Prospero addresses Ariel with a sign of respect. As Ariel is loyal, and listens to everything Prospero says. Prospero has no respect for Caliban, as Caliban tried to rape Miranda; Prospero addresses him as slave, and hates him. This shows that Prospero has a lot of power over both Ariel and Caliban. And his authority is much higher than both. ?? ?? ?? ?? Written by Adil ...read more.

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