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Prospero’s relationships throughout William Shakespeare’s play the “Tempest”.

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Matthew Meaney 11GR English Coursework. : DRAFT. Prospero's relationships throughout William Shakespeare's play the "Tempest". Since Prospero is the central character of the play, most of the relationships shown and developed in the play concern him. He has his main dealings and relationships with Miranda, Ferdinand, Alonso, Antonio and Caliban. Miranda is his daughter, and was exiled along with him to this island. Prospero has cared solely for her in the last sixteen years, and thus is very protective of her. Prospero is the only male that Miranda has seen. He helps Miranda and Ferdinand to become betrothed, and as a kind of test he makes Ferdinand do chores to establish whether in a sense he is "worthy" of Miranda. Prospero is uneasy about his daughter, Miranda and Ferdinand getting together. When he sees the true love between them, and that his little girl is not so little anymore, he consents to their marriage. His relationship with Ferdinand is much shorter than his relationship with Miranda obviously. In order for him to test Ferdinand Prospero accuses him of various things, such as being a spy, but the fact that Ferdinand repeatedly exclaims, "any burden is made, light if he can see the face of Miranda pleases Prospero". ...read more.

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This leads me to question if Caliban really did try to rape simply in spite of what was happening to him and the loss of power that he was suffering. In the end however, with the tone of reconciliation found at the end of the play, Caliban is forgiven and has the island to himself once more as Prospero sails away. In my opinion it is only now that Caliban is totally happy in the play. Twelve years previous to the opening of the play, Prospero was ousted from his Dukedom, by Antonio who was aided by Alonso, who took over his power similar to the way that Prospero took over all power from Caliban and demoted him to a worthless slave. Thus, when ""my enemies are delivered into my hands"" he can take revenge, while teaching Alonso a lesson. By making Ferdinand wash ashore away from the nobles, the nobles think Ferdinand must have died in the storm. This is all part of Prospero's plan for revenge which works accordingly well. This is very distressing news to Alonso, since he has just marries off his daughter, Claribel, to the King of Tunis, and with Ferdinand gone he has no heirs to take over the throne when he dies. ...read more.

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At the end of the play, everybody gets together for the last scene; Prospero shows that he hasn't forgotten the kind deed of Gonzalo in the past, as he thanks him for helping them. This exposes some of Prospero's deeper inner character. Prospero also has a relationship with the character Ariel, similar to t he type of relationship that he had with Caliban. More of a slave master relationship than a loving compassionate relationship like the one that he shares with his daughter Miranda. Prospero, again, is quite harsh to Ariel, as he is to many of the characters in the play. We see this when the spirit, Ariel, asks for its freedom and in Prospero's opinion it asks to early and Prospero reminds it of its background and verbally scalds Ariel. With the ending of the romance, Ferdinand and Miranda get married, Prospero gets back his Dukedom and gets ready to resume his duties and a kind and fair ruler, Caliban gets back the island to himself once more, Ariel the spirit gets its freedom, and the play ends with reconciliation, and a hope for the future, symbolized as well by the new world., Through the relationships of the characters with Prospero, we can see the process of forgiveness and how the characters have changed for the better. ...read more.

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