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Prospero as a Magnanimous Ruler or a Oppressive Coloniser At first glance Prospero seems like a well intentioned magician, a calm old guy who only wished to restore harmony and achieve reconciliation. But when you look closer to his character you see something else there, a character who's unpleasant and impatient, rough and ambiguous, power hungry and profoundly troubled. However, there is also a noble, kind and celestial side to him. Ariel understands Prospero nicely and is one of the main personalities and thus has an advantage over the other characters about everything he understands. Ariel calls prospero: "â$¦. . My noble master" However, Ariel has good reason to call him this. Prospero treats Ariel very well in comparison to Caliban often calling him names like "bird, "chick" and"...mine free soul"â$¦. Ariel is beneath Prospero's control because he put him free from a shrub which Sycorax imprisoned him for 12 years because he didn't obey her orders. Though prospero is a much greater grasp than Sycorax The fact nevertheless remains that he is still master and throughout out the play Ariel longs for "my freedom" but if he asks for it again Prospero becomes angry and threatens him with twelve more years. He has been extremely unfair and reckless against Ariel's fantasies and has not realized this. But, Prospero might feel that he has good reason for maintaining Aerial in his support, not to mention that because he freed him Ariel owes him a favor. It might be that prospero is keeping Ariel since he NEEDS him to execute his plans, the same as the English settlers needed the African American slaves to endure. But one cannot make this whole comparison because Ariel is...