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What Impressions Of Prospero Do You Get From The Way He Talks and Acts in Act 1 Scene 2 and Act 5 Scene 1?

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What impressions of Prospero do you get from the way he talks and acts in Act 1 Scene 2 and Act 5 Scene 1? As the play progresses, Prospero dramatically changes. In Act 1 Scene 2, Shakespeare presents Prospero as a powerful, calculating and commanding character. Also in Act 1 Scene 2, he manipulates and controls Ariel. However, in Act 5 Scene 1 he changes dramatically. Whilst he remains powerful and commanding, us as the audience get a completely different impression of him from the way he acts and by the tone of his voice. We begin to see a more merciful, forgiving character. In Act 1 Scene 2, Prospero is full of vengeance. We know this because he creates the tempest as part of his revenge, "the tempest that I bade thee". The audience get the impression that he is an evil and tyrannical individual. It also evokes sympathy from the audience for the ones he is attempting to get revenge from. Whereas in Act 5 Scene 1, Prospero is willing to reconcile. We see an example of this when he tells Sebastian and Antonio that he will not tell Alonso about their treason plot, "I will tell no tales". ...read more.

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Prospero shows he values Ariel's opinions, "Dost thou think so, spirit?". This demonstrates to the audience that Prospero has changed significantly and that he is a more compassionate and loving character. In Act 5 Scene 1, Prospero uses a soliloquy to inform the audience. "I'll break my staff" and "I'll drown my book". This shows the audience that he wants to redeem himself from all the wrong things he has done and that he wants to change. In the soliloquy he states how very powerful he is and how he has used his power to do evil in the past, but wants to change for the better. Whereas in Act 1 Scene 2, Prospero uses his speech to subdue the other characters. He does this frequently with Ariel, "Thou liest, malignant thing". This demonstrates to the audience how ruthless he was. Today we may think of Prospero as callous and evil for doing this, but in Elizabethan times when the play was wrote, the audience would have liked this sort of thing and found it quite humorous. Therefore, as times progress, the play has different effects over the audience. In Act 1 Scene 2, Prospero uses imagery to highlight the negative features of others. ...read more.

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This is because he wants to only hurt them emotionally. This shows the audience that he is not completely brutal. In Act 5 Scene 1 he stops using his "rough magic" and reconciles because he has achieved his aim; he had hurt them emotionally because they were feeling guilty. This shows the audience that he likes to get his own way but he is not completely ruthless because he will stop as soon as he has reached his goal. Overall, I think that the impressions we get from the way Prospero talks and acts in Act 1 Scene 2 and Act 5 Scene 1 reveal a lot about his character and how Shakespeare wanted to portray his character. In Act 1 Scene 2, the impressions we get from him are quite negative. He is sown to be a ruthless, manipulative, evil and tyrannical character. But the impressions we get of him from Act 5 Scene 1 are completely the opposite; they are quite positive. He is portrayed as compassionate, caring, merciful and forgiving character that is willing to reconcile with the people that betrayed so awfully. The audience see a huge change in the way his character behaves and acts compared to before. ...read more.

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