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The Tempest - Prospero's Rebirth.

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Written by Maggie Quale Prospero's Rebirth Prospero is a man who struggles with his humanity. As a leader and father he is dichotomous - equally judicious and na�ve. His exile from Milan is proof of his inadequacy as a Duke, but the loyalty demonstrated by his devoted companion Gonzalo as he saved him from death, suggests that he is also worthy of allegiance. As a father to Miranda and master to Caliban and Ariel, Prospero is equally manipulative and compassionate. Within the scenes of The Tempest, and the historical events narrated by Prospero, we watch him metamorphose from self-absorbed and over-critical to someone coming to terms with his own failings, able to forgive others' transgressions and relinquish his dependence on magic to control others. ...read more.

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We also know that growing up on a desolate island, Miranda has no previous experience with men or falling in love and that the only other man she knew attempted to violate her. Throughout The Tempest there is a theme of lessons learned, presenting the characters the potential for spiritual growth. For Prospero two lessons prove influential in his transformation. Most significantly, the twelve years on the island is designed to teach him to face his faults. Intrinsically Prospero is a good man, yet his consumption by the selfish pursuit of intellectual and spiritual education leads to his great maladies. He is self-indulged as witnessed in his excessive pursuit of scholarly edification at the expense of his dukedom. ...read more.

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Ironically, one wonders if Antonio and Prospero are indeed the same animal - complex political creatures surviving in the "realism" of politics? However, Ariel reminds him that he has gone too far with his charade. Prospero realizes that the usurped has now become the usurper, creating a twin-like imagery as we see the men as truly brothers, identical in their deeds. The deviation rests in Prospero's move towards reconciliation. We are convinced that Antonio is unrepentable because he "made a sinner of his own memory". Both brothers created and shaped his own reality to suit his means. Does Prospero perhaps hold Antonio's secret as a concession in recognizing his own motives led him astray? Keeping the murder plot in confidence places Prospero again at a superior moral position, rather then being on equal ground with Antonio. ...read more.

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