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    Is Prospero a power obsessed tyrant or an egalitarian?

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    He cannot be an egalitarian either. By imprisoning Ariel Prospero is neither fair nor equal in what he is doing. He can therefore not be an egalitarian as someone who is, believes in equality and equal rights. Prospero's imprisonment of Caliban is also similar. Although his reason for imprisonment is much different, he does not use physical force or aggression to keep Caliban under his control. Prospero imprisons Caliban as he thinks Caliban attempted to r**e his daughter, Miranda. Caliban is also the son of a witch, Sycorax, and this may lead Prospero to believe that Caliban is evil.

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    Prospero is a powerful character. What impression does the audience get of Prospero in Act 1, Scene 2?

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    He goes on to tell her that it is time she learned more about herself and her past, saying "'Tis time I should inform thee further". He reveals to her that he orchestrated the shipwreck and tells her the lengthy story of her past. Prospero had been Duke of Milan until his brother, Antonio, conspiring with Alonzo, King Of Naples and "an enemy" to Prospero, usurped his position. However, with the help of Gonzalo, Prospero was able to escape with his daughter and with the books that are the source of his magic and power that he "prizes above his dukedom".

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  3. How does the relationship between Prospero and Ariel change during the tempest

    In Shakespearean times this would mean she is in league with evil spirits, this would have shocked the audience as much as intrigued them. Elizabethans were very religious and God fearing. We see this when Elizabeth the first condemns witches and when James the first passed further laws against witchcraft. To ally with witches would be giving yourself to eternal damnation which would seem outrageous to Elizabethans. But on the other hand now a day's audience would assume that she believes in things that are not real, i.e.

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  4. William Shakespear's Tempest

    This part of the play is very much like a game of chess, and Prospero is the player. Prospero manipulates how all the characters move to benefit himself, Ferdinand miraculously meets Miranda and falls in love. Prospero could accept their love but instead he forces Ferdinand to do hard labour to "prove" his love for her, he does this even when Miranda begs him not too. This part of the play shows the inequality between men and women, in Shakespeare's time women had no rights. They weren't aloud to act in plays or aloud to have any rights of their own, in Elizabethan times women were "owned" by their fathers or their husbands.

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  5. Role of Trinculo and Stephano

    Throughout this scene the three characters are drunk and playing around with words, creating a humorous atmosphere. However beneath all the joking around there is a plot by Caliban to murder Prospero. This is taken lightly by Stephano and Trinculo, who don't seem to think much of Prospero. There are many different ways in which humour is portrayed such as slapstick comedy when Stephano hits Trinculo "Do I so? Take thou that! (He hits Trinculo)". Mock seriousness is also used in the subtle plot to kill Prospero, because they are very drunk and not acting seriously. It is also shown in the characters following "King" Stephano as servants to the drunken "King".

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  6. Explore the dramatic significance of the island setting in the play

    It could also be interpreted that the island is not fully described because Shakespeare wants to leave it mysterious, so that the audience can hold a temporary suspension of disbelief, making all of the magic, illusion, monsters and spirits more credible. The island is surrounded by water, which is a recurring image in the Tempest. "What cares these roarers in the name of the King?" shows how the water does not follow the divine right of Kings, nature is sometimes more powerful than man, although ironically in this Scene, man is controlling the tempest.

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  7. Analysis of 'The Tempest'

    Shakespeare was inspired by this, and as a result, here sparked the monster-like character Caliban in 'The Tempest', whose name is roughly anagrammatic to cannibal. Shakespeare named the play in a very clever and metaphorical way; 'The Tempest', does not only define the turbulent magical storm at the introduction of the play, but reflects all of the chaos and confusion on the island, which is consistent throughout the play. The chaos starts when a magician named Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, has his position usurped by his brother Antonio.

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  8. How does Shakespeare present tension

    However as the play progresses, the audience is persuaded to sympathise with the harsh way in which Caliban has been treated and to doubt Prospero and Miranda's description of him. This is emphasized by the way Ariel interacts with Prospero and it also highlights their differences. When Prospero is degrading Caliban by calling him a "freckled whelp, hag born", Ariel interrupts him, "yes Caliban, her son" and Prospero openly resents the interruption "dull thing, I say so". The impartiality of Ariel's speech puts emphasis on Prospero's harsh and biased words and again leads to doubts about Prospero's description.

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  9. In what ways does Prospero use (and abuse) his power? Has he learned anything by the end of the play?

    "Alack, what trouble was I then for you!" He uses his magic powers to soothe his daughter, casting a spell to send her to sleep after he has told her everything he thought was necessary, this shows his good intentions. Prospero also plays a big part in bringing Ferdinand and Miranda together when he arranges for them to meet after the shipwreck. Ariel leads Ferdinand into Prospero's 'cell' and Prospero claims, "It goes on, I see, as my soul prompts it."

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  10. Is Prospero the wronged duke of milan or a cruel colonial master?

    'My library was dukedom enough' this suggests that Prospero neglected his rule whilst becoming engrossed in his studies. Prospero entrusted his brother, Antonio, with his power; only to avoid the council and the people. Prospero was blinded by his studies to the fact that Antonio was organising a military coup with the King of Naples. 'King of Naples, being an enemy' Prospero says to Miranda as he tells her his story. In return for the king's assistance with his acquisition of Milan, Antonio promises that Milan will 'pay annual tribute' and do 'him homage'. This implies that the King was only doing Antonio a favour because he would have Milan in his pocket.

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  11. Is Prospero the wronged Duke of Milan, or a cruel colonial master?

    However Prospero does not give the thing that Ariel wants most; his freedom, although this is promised when his work is done. The audience is led to wonder whether Prospero can be trusted and it is clear he is using the slaves to retain his power and achieve justice for himself. Caliban is the son of Sycorax, an evil witch; he throws insults and curses at Prospero and feels unjustly mistreated and overworked. Caliban claims that the island is his by inheritance from his mother, and says that Prospero stole it off him, as Caliban was rightful leader of the island because he was the only human and Prospero is unrightfully king of the island.

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  12. The Tempest Prospero as a contrasting, multi-faceted character (analysis)

    Hang not on my garments!") - he loves her deeply. He tells her that he done 'nothing but in care of her', and all his actions are for her benefit ad to secure her future. He calls her a 'cherubin' and uses various terms of endearment for her - 'wench' - which bring out his love for her. However, Prospero also 'meddles' a lot with his daughter's emotions. She is led to fall in love with Ferdinand, and Prospero's comments, "It goes on, I see" shows that the relationship is all part of his master plan.

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  13. Power and Punishment In The Tempest

    He is used to serving other kings and is desperate for some power himself. He is trying throughout Act 3 Scene 2 to be regal and king-like. He uses Caliban as his slave to help him portray his foolish image of a king. As Stephano is drunk, it makes the comedy of the situation better. He uses exaggerated language and actions to act like a king, which makes him appear to the audience as a complete fool. Stephano repeatedly uses phrases such as "servant monster" towards Caliban. Stephan orders Caliban about with artificial language such as this which makes Stephano sound ridiculous.

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  14. Caliban In The Tempest

    Caliban should open his eyes wide and act drowsy and partly oblivious to the surroundings around him. He should also have a very glazed expression on his face after drinking. In the next line of Stephano (line eleven), when he says, "my man-monster hath drowned his tongue in sack" Caliban should hang his tongue out of his mouth as if it is numb and he could possibly drool a bit before repositioning it back in his mouth. The next piece of performance that Caliban is to do is on line twenty-one when he says, "let me lick thy shoe.

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  15. the tempest

    Stephano was rather gullible and easily tricked into believing what Caliban said. He also took Caliban's side without knowing what is actually going on as it states in the context. "Trinculo if you trouble him any more in's tale, by this hand, I will supplant some of your teeth".

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    The ship symbolises the idea of a microcosm of society. It displays a number of noble men and a cross section of society drawn together through being stranded on this desert island. There are two groups within this scene, the nobles and the sailors. Ironically it is the sailors who appear to work as a team effectively while the nobles are continuously fighting and adamant to portray their 'rightful' power, in effect they are merely being childlike and useless. The King, Alonso was used to having a sense of superiority however he evidently has no control in this situation.

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  17. Jekyll & Hyde - duality 3

    Jekyll also writes that he is quite sure that there is a duality in man, that man is not one, but two:' It was on the moral side, and in my own person, that I learned to recognise the thorough and primitive duality of man'- proves that he has come to this conclusion by feeling that there is another evil side of him, hidden in his moral side (which will eventually become Hyde). A little further into the chapter, Jekyll describes his first transformation into Hyde.

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  18. Jekyll & Hyde - duality 1

    An interested lawyer, by the name of Utterson, comes to know of the hideous and fierce Hyde, and his bizarre link with the well-known Dr Jekyll, who later in the story pays out a cheque for Hyde's (his evil side's) psychopathic behaviour. Shortly after, an unruly murder takes place, the victim being one of Utterson's clients, Sir Danvers Carew. To make the situation even more unbelievable, the murder weapon was in fact a cane Utterson had previously given to Jekyll, as a token of friendship.

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  19. Jekyll & Hyde - duality

    In turn, this makes Jekyll become very likable, but the side effects become disastrous. At first, he can control his craving for his discovery, though sooner he has unrestrained episodes of turning into the monstrous Hyde, his evil side. The book then pursues Utterson as he investigates with Poole (Jekyll's Butler) of why Jekyll (or Hyde) is spending excessive amounts of time locked away in his laboratory, and not making an appearance for quite a while, and the reasons for his out of the ordinary actions days before.

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  20. How does Shakespeare use language to convey Prospero's character in act one scene two

    This highlights his own power as he sets Ariel free. "She did confine thee.... into a cloven pine". Here Prospero is reminding Ariel of what he's been through (Sycorax) Prospero is conveying his power and mercy upon Ariel. Prospero keeps using blackmail against Ariel (so Ariel can stay and serve Prospero). Prospero quotes "Once a month recount what thou hast been" Here Prospero is convincing Ariel to once a month recount and remind himself of what he's been through and that Prospero has helped Ariel through his bad times. This now gives Ariel no chance but to listen to Prospero under pressure and for giving short answers (or what Prospero wants to hear).

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  21. The Change in Prospero's Character.

    It is this particular notion that diminished any prospect of Prospero being a threat to Antonio. Never the less, Antonio found that killing Prospero would prove almost impossible, due to his close relationship with the people. As a result, Antonio realises that the only method of disposing of Prospero is to 'misplace' him. He charges a Neapolitan named Gonzalo, to cast Prospero and his daughter, Miranda, out to sea. As an alternative to sentencing them both to death as instructed (by making holes in their boat), Gonzalo provides them with food and warmth.

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  22. With close reference to the language and imagery of the passage, show in what ways it helps to establish important issues within the play

    Caliban's language however is a lot nobler and it is of much better English than those of Trinculo and Stefano. This is strange because it would be much more correct to have it the other way around with Trinculo and Stefano speaking better English than Caliban. The reason for this is because when Prospero first discovered Caliban, he treated him nicely and with some respect and Miranda also taught him to speak properly and eloquently and so he sounds like a nobler creature than he actually appears to others.

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  23. Shakespeare has made Caliban the most violent and savage character, but has also given him some of the most beautiful lines in the play to show that he has two sides to him, a split personality. And that he is not exactly as evil as what other people perc

    Also Prospero says "thou poisonous Slave". They both hate Caliban Passionately and display this with hateful words. Miranda addresses to the same thing supporting Prospero. This suggests that Miranda and Prospero detest and loathe Caliban, which demonstrates that Caliban has no respect from anyone. However, Caliban is not given an opportunity to give a first impression other people to this for him instead. We hear about him from others before we see him for ourselves, which makes us feel sympathy for him. In contrast to what Miranda and Prospero feel about Caliban. We hear Caliban speak for himself in Act 1 scene 2.

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  24. Discuss the Dramatic Significance of the opening scene of The Tempest

    In this opening we find out the roles and characteristics of some of the lead characters. One of these is the optimistic Gonzalo who tries to release the great tenseness on the ship by reassuring the men that they will not be killed by the storm because the boatswain has the mark of hanging on him and uses this superstitious belief to try and relax his shipmates. Another character whose personality is revealed well is that of Antonio. He is a arrogant, rude and unpleasant character who does not agree with the way that the boatswain disrupts the hierarchy on board and does not realize that he is actually trying to help them.

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  25. How is the theme of magic presented in Act 1 Scene 2 of The Tempest and Act 5 Scene 1. What was the Elizabethan attitude to magic at the time?

    They then arrive on a strange magical island, Prospero learns magic over the time, and Miranda, his daughter grows up, Prospero then gets King Alonso & Antonio & Gonzalo & other servants to come to the island by causing a storm when they are on a boat. He then talks to them, and he realises that it is better to forgive them rather than just get his revenge on Alonso & Antonio, so Prospero forgives Antonio & Alonso & and he thanks his old friend Gonzalo for all his help.

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