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Write about what Shakespeare's theatre was like and how this links to 'The Tempest'. Next talk about the characters Ariel and Caliban and say how Prospero treats them. Which character do you prefer and why?

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THE TEMPEST Write about what Shakespeare's theatre was like and how this links to 'The Tempest'. Next talk about the characters Ariel and Caliban and say how Prospero treats them. Which character do you prefer and why? William Shakespeare wrote 'The Tempest' at the earlier stage of his career. The Shakespeare's theatre was for all classes of people, from the poorest to the richest. There were three different places for people to either sit or stand and watch the play. The Groundlings had to stand in the yard, because they only had to pay one penny. The place of Gentlefolk's was in galleries for the price of two pennies and the lords would get to sit next to the stage and watch the play, because they paid twelve pennies. The theatre had no scenery. It only had a few props in the upper room where the machinery was located. Bu the language that the players used was very detailed and strong, which would have created a picture of the scene in audience's mind. As when Ariel describes that how the created storm was, she describes the scene of the play as well by the language that she talks. ...read more.

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Miranda ''T is a villain, sir, I do not love to look on.' Shakespeare has used this language in this part to create a picture of how 'villain' Caliban is. Caliban is one the characters in 'The Tempest'. He is half man and half creatures. His name is similar to cannibal. He is a very rude and ugly person. As Prospero describes Caliban as 'A freckled with A human shape.' In Elizabethan time, people who had disabilities would have been put in 'freak shows' as in a zoo for others to laugh at them and make them funny. Caliban was born from a witch mother, Sycorax, who used to be in the island, which Prospero was in. Caliban couldn't talk before Prospero came to that island. He taught Caliban how to talk, but Caliban used the language to swear and curse. He is a satanic person, who is cursing Prospero all the time, because he doesn't like to be Prospero's slave. As Prospero tells him 'Thou poisonous slave, got by the devil himself Upon thy wicked dam.' ...read more.

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She never complains, but there is something that makes her complain to Prospero. Prospero promised her ones day he would free Ariel to go and Ariel wanted to know when that day was. Prospero (meaning hope) treated Caliban well at first, but then he started to bully him and cause him mental and physical torments, just because he is a power mad. He tries to an over-protective with his daughter Miranda. He keeps her away from men and expects her to remain a virgin. He tests Ferdinand, Miranda's fianc�, before letting him to take Miranda away. Prospero treats Ariel well, but keeps him as a slave. He keeps promising to give her her freedom. Overall he treats Ariel better than Caliban. He makes Ariel to work for him like creating a storm or spying on people. I personally prefer the character Ariel, because she is more powerful than Caliban and she does not curse and neither swears. Unlike Caliban, she is associated with sky and heaven and I think she deserves to be treated better than Caliban by Prospero. ?? ?? ?? ?? Shahab Nejad English Coursework The Tempest Essay Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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