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Prospero as an Ideal Ruler in The Tempest Prospero's magical powers allow him to single-handedly take charge of a situation of gradually growing insanity, caused by his own flooding from Milan, and flip the plot of The Tempest. Prospero has powers over his surroundings, far greater than those of an ordinary mortal, and he uses them to get good in the course of the drama. This essay will talk about whether Prospero unites his magic with power within the self, and if Shakespeare actually presents him as an ideal ruler. Although we hear the story of Prospero's beating from Milan from him, the way he informs his background inspires distrust - Prospero is pompous, self-pitying and seemingly unforgiving. The character of Prospero's principle as shown by Act I is not agreeable. After duke of Milan, he trusted his brother Antonio overly much, and consequently nearly dropped his life, as well as his dukedom. On the island , he befriended Caliban, brought him into his house and treated him as a member of their household - and repeated the pattern of confidence, which was threatened, when Caliban tried to rape Miranda. Although Prospero learns from this instant betrayal, he goes to another extreme. Prospero's apparently tyrannical stance is revealed in his exile and verbal abuse of Caliban, as well as his tirade and danger to imprison Ariel again "till / Thou hast howl'd away twelve winters". Apart from the sin of tyranny, Prospero also seems unforgiving towards Caliban and Antonio. As soon as we see Caliban willingly serving Stephano and Trinculo, we start to recognize that Caliban isn't bad of himself, and can in reality be a most affectionate servant. Seeing Caliban fear cramps and talk of Prospero as a "tyrant", Shakespear...