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Love in ‘The Tempest’ and ‘Translations’

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Love in 'The Tempest' and 'Translations' Prospero's hatred for his brother Antonio stems from the fact that Antonio seized the right to be Duke of Milan that was rightfully Prospero's. However, despite Prospero's hatred for his brother, we see him eventually forgive his brother. Prospero says, "Though with their high wrongs I am struck to th' quick, Yet with my nobler reason 'gainst my fury Do I take part. The rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance" Fury and vengeance are natural feelings for a man who has been treated by his brother as Prospero has, but Prospero is able to subdue these instincts and exercise a higher and rarer quality, forbearance. In Shakespearean times, it was widely thought that to be a master of other men, one must first be the master of oneself, and we can see the difficulty and nobility of Prospero in achieving this in his relationship with his brother. The relationship between Prospero and Antonio has the same emphasis on sibling rivalry that can be found in 'Translations' between Owen and Manus. ...read more.


But you, O you, So perfect and so peerless, are created Of every creature's best" They identify the royalty in each other. They can also be seen as a symbol of unity, as they join Prospero and Antonio, causing them to recognise the value in amicability. In 'The Tempest', language creates a freedom of expression between the lovers. However, Prospero feels it necessary to be in control to love someone. He must be manipulative. 'The Tempest' demonstrates that relationships do not rely on power but in the bond of mutuality made possible by language. However, in 'Translations', language is the very restriction felt by Yolland and Maire. Their love is constrained due to language. 'Translations' shows that often speaking the same language is not a guarantee of love, as is highlighted by the phrase, "but will that help you to interpret between privacies?" ANALYSE TWO TEXTS - MAIRE AND YOLLAND DRIFTING APART DUE TO LANGUAGE AND FERDINAND AND MIRANDA COMING TOGETHER DUE TO LANGUAGE. Language cannot express the love that they feel for one another, so they turn to cosmic means, calling the basic elements. ...read more.


However, all of these names stress the same opening word - "My", which identifies Prospero as a commanding authority. When Ariel has moods of reluctance, and reminds Prospero that their relationship is based on a bargain ("Remember I have done thee worthy service...Thou did promise to bate me a full year"), Prospero feels the need to re-establish his superior position, as he replies, "If thou more murmur'st, I will rend an oak, And peg thee in his knotty entrails, till Thou hast howled away twelve winters" Ariel, although unable to feel human feelings and emotions, is intrigued to know whether his master loves him, and he eventually asks him, "Do you love me master? No?" Indeed Prospero loves Ariel more than any other character in the play. The relationship between Lancey and Owen in 'Translations' is very different. Lancey and Owen seem on friendly terms at first glance, but at the end of the play, Owen is instructed harshly by Lancey, saying, "Do your job. Translate." A similarity can be seen between the reinforcement of a hierarchy by Lancey and by Prospero, but Lancey does not love Owen. Owen is simply a means to an end, a relationship purely built on the grounds of business. ...read more.

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