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The Tempest - Prospero from the start has been the overall ruler and from evidence in this book I will try to find out if he is a fine leader and is able to cope and mange activities on an island as well as a duke in Milan.

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Salman Ali Prospero from the start has been the overall ruler and from evidence in this book I will try to find out if he is a fine leader and is able to cope and mange activities on an island as well as a duke in Milan. I will look at his relationship with certain characters in the play, the situations he is put in and how he handles them and in what ways he does so, whether it is, just, in haste, or if it a rational decision which is for the bettering of the society. When at the start we hear Prospero telling Miranda how they came to be upon the island it seems that Prospero is seeking revenge on all who betrayed him and ha a hand in snatching away his dukedom, "a brother should be so perfidious" and so it looks like he would love to take revenge on his brother, now duke of Milan, at this time in the book it seems he would make a bad leader, the type that would be full of conflict and hatred Prospero's magical powers allow him to single-handedly take control all situations that are occurring on the island, ...read more.

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In the end all Prospero wants to do is restore the balance once again but draw out the evil. Another reason why Prospero is powerful is because of his knowledge of what is happening on the island at all times for example the plots of Caliban, Stephano, Trinculo plot to kill him and the plot to kill the kind. So when Prospero reclaims his place in Dukedom in Milan again he will have something against the conspirators just in case he needs to keep them in line or they try anything again. This way they'll think twice before going against Prospero. Prospero also critiques his own direction, apologizing to Ferdinand for inflicting punishments upon him that may have seemed too austere "If I have austerely punished you". This again shows an element of his leadership qualities, as he knows when he is wrong and can admit his own mistakes, this would gain him a vast amount of respect from his counter parts. Even though Prospero deceives the shipwrecked captives, it is never for his own personal enjoyment. Instead, he specifically aims to achieve his goals by putting pressure on Alonso and restricting Caliban's scheming. ...read more.

Conclusion

If Prospero was never extradited off the island he may have been a cruel leader but his time on the island has taught him a great deal about himself but about the true nature of mankind and without being powerful, caring, and forgiving Prospero might not have ever gotten off of the island. Even though he must sacrifice his magic his daughters happiness is more important then his revenge. In the end Ariel is set free as he promised. Rather than confront the "three sinners" directly, he assigns the task of telling Alonso, Antonio, and Sebastian of their need to repent, to Ariel. We can tell that Prospero doesn't want people to suffer as he never tortures anyone or kills anyone as he could, even though his enemies are on the island and Caliban who is plotting to kill him and raped his daughter suffers no harm. Not only does he refrain from torturing them, but also makes sure they are not uncomfortable. "our garments being drenched in the sea hold their freshness and glosses" Alonso's group includes the cheerful Gonzalo, and is never kept away from food or water. Caliban knows the island, and helps Stephan and Trinculo survive. He also makes sure Ferdinand even finds the love of his life. ...read more.

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