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William Shakespeare's The Tempest Consider the personality of Prospero and reveal how he used his position to command many of the characters from the play and the way his activities give rise to the striking effectiveness. How can his actions and also the mindset of these characters to him relate to the events and thinking about Shakespeare's day? In the Tempest, the character of Prospero is your protagonist. Prospero is the father of Miranda and has spent twelve years on the island since he was usurped from being the Duke of Milan. Prospero is a powerful man, making him a fantastic leader. He is very knowledgeable due to the books he read. In addition, he has control, because he could be harsh and company but also virtuous towards other people. Prospero would also look a cruel character to a modern day viewers because of sense of management and harshness he has over the other figures. However this would have been accepted, as the traits of a good leader because in Shakespeare's day being a fantastic leader would entail being harsh and cruel towards others so therefore Prospero was looked upon as a good leader. This connects to James the first (the King at the time Shakespeare wrote this play) because Shakespeare is suggesting that James the first has these qualities, (harshness, cruel, firm) because he is a King just like Prospero in the play. In Shakespeare's time it would have be expected that a good leader should be harsh and firm- often the leader was head of his loved ones. Throughout the play we see Prospero's harshness, towards Caliban, Ariel, Miranda and Ferdinand. Prospero is quite firm towards Ariel. Ariel has no freedom because Prospero controls her. He needed to...