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To err is human, to forgive divine.Write a 600- 1000 word essay on this question in relation to Act 5 Scene 1

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?To err is human, to forgive divine?. What does this saying mean to you? Write 600-1000 word essay on this question in relation to Act 5 Scene 1 ?To err is human, to forgive for divine? is a quote which I indeed hold close to heart. It is human nature to make mistakes and although admittedly apologizing can be difficult process at times, it takes a bigger person to be able to forgive and move on. The ability to forgive, is one ultimately God does best in his divine mercy, and people with said ability to forgive wholeheartedly are people who are said to have this Godlike, divine ability. Every person commits mistakes, some believe this is due to our power of reasoning which is said to be very limited, hence resulting in mistakes being committed. In ?The Tempest? by William Shakespeare, there are many various situations that illustrate the flaws in human nature when mistakes are committed by characters in the play. For example, Prospero takes his magic away for good when he feels guilty for Alonso and his crew :- By my so potent art. ...read more.


In ?The Tempest? by William Shakespeare, Prospero demonstrates his ability when he forgives Antonio, his brother, who committed the ultimate mistake and betrayal by betraying his brother and use Prospero?s weakness to his advantage cheating Prospero from retaining his rightful place on throne. Indeed this was huge betrayal on Antonio?s part as Prospero trusted Antonio wholeheartedly and had such deep brotherly love for him. As we all, trust is not something which is easily redeemable and this huge betrayal had caused Prospero?s life to take a 360 degree turn overnight leaving Prospero high and dry having to live life as a pauper on an isolated magical island. In my opinion, forgiving Antonia would be one of the biggest gifts which Prospero could have given himself and would have felt like the weight of the world had been lifted off Prospero?s shoulders. Such ultimate betrayal is not easy to forgive, however, having held on to the bitterness of the betrayal for so long. Prospero finally manages to reach out to the divinity within himself and forgive Antonio, liberating Prospero in the process as Prospero manages to finally eradicate the demons which have been plaguing him through the years about getting revenge or not. ...read more.


(Act V Sc 1 294-297) In conclusion, I believe that although err is human, if every person takes the initiative to look within themselves and make a conscious effort in our actions and words to act only in a positive manner, such mistakes, although impossible to eradicate in its eternity, can be significantly reduced. Furthermore, if mistakes and crimes have been committed against us, rather than allowing the past to fester within ourselves and rot our souls in the process, we should endeavour to find the divinity within ourselves to be able to forgive the other party wholeheartedly in order to liberate ourselves and be able to move on in life without the baggage of the past constantly at our doorstep like how Prospero in the ?Epilogue? He describes the loss of his magical powers (?Now my charms are all o?erthrown?) and says that, he committed a huge crime in imprisoning Ariel and Caliban, the audience has now imprisoned him on the stage. He says that the audience can only release him by applauding, on the stage. He says that the audience can only release him by applauding, and asks them to remember that his only desire was to please them. He says that, as his listeners would like to have their own crimes forgiven, they should forgive him, and set him free by clapping. ...read more.

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