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Show how Shakespeare has used conflict in The Tempest to explore ideas that are of interest.

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"In order to attract an audience towards themes, a playwright must use conflict." Show how Shakespeare has used conflict in The Tempest to explore ideas that are of interest. In doing so, refer in detail to the literary and dramatic elements employed. Shakespeare in this play sets out to represent Prospero as a strong, powerful leader as they would be at this period of time in England, however although an English monarch must be powerful they must also show a sense of compassion and approachability about them. The play is based on betrayal and revenge, which become the main ingredients to a highly entertaining play. Prospero (who was once the duke of Milan) and his daughter, Miranda was sent to an island by his brother Antonio and his enemy Alonso, King of Naples and Sebastian, Alonso's brother. Prospero was starting to discover magic and became less involved with his responsibilities of being a Duke and concentrated more on the realm of magical powers. Antonio saw this as a perfect opportunity to get rid of Prospero and take over as Duke of Milan with the help on Alonso and Sebastian. This storyline is full of conflict enabling the audience to become entertained fairly quickly due to the suspense created on what Prospero will do to declare his revenge. ...read more.

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One other conflict is with Antonio and Sebastian over Alonso, "And look how well my garments sit upon me, Much feater than before. My brother's servants Were then my fellows. Now they are my men" They are plotting to kill him to gain a higher nobility status and they will get away with killing him as no one would be around to see because they are on another island therefore they could say he drowned with the ship. This quote also indicates that the two nobles feel no remorse for the wrongs they did to Prospero. If they could get rid of Prospero and have no guilty conscience then what's to say they will feel any emotion to killing Alonso. Suspense is created also through the scenes of Sebastian and Antonio, the audience are kept guessing to the happenings of their evil plot being carried out to whether or not they will kill the King. A parallel conflict is between Caliban, Trinculo, Stephano and Prospero, Caliban wants to be freed from Prospero and meets Trinculo and Stephano who have been strayed upon the island after the sinking of the kings ship. Caliban talks Trinculo and Stephano into helping him kill Prospero in order for him to be free; he will reward them by being Stephanos slave. ...read more.

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The scene is suspenseful due to not knowing what will happen to Ferdinand, and wondering if Ferdinand will ever seeing his father again. In my opinion, the main conflict in The Tempest is between Prospero and Sebastian, Alonso and Antonio. Prospero desperately wants revenge on his brother and the King of Naples along with Sebastian for his banishment. Shakespeare creates suspense right from the beginning scene, such as the storm created through Prospero's power, up until the very end of the play when Prospero's revenge is not so important any more due to the fact of realising that forgiveness is the best policy. Suspense is created as the audience don't actually know if everyone will get away alive from the sinking ship which has happened in the very first scene and to whether or not the nobles will be punished further for their wrong doings. Prospero's power is shown right the way through The Tempest, it outlines that leaders are extremely powerful and strong as they were in the 16th century "For you most wicked sir, whom to call brother Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive Thy rankest fault - all of them" Prospero shows that even though leaders are powerful, strong and fearsome figures, they are also compassionate and forgiving. Prospero is a prime example of great leadership. ...read more.

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