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Resolutions of Forgiveness, Repentance and Reconciliation in Shakespeare's The Tempest

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Stephen Orgel, in the Oxford World Classics Introduction of The Tempest, says that the resolutions of forgiveness, repentance and reconciliation throughout the harmony of marriage which Prospero has undertaken to achieve are not entirely fulfilled. That is accurate as not all harms are bemused, and certain characters don't regret for their wrongs. The marriage doesn't completely reach its role of balancing, because we must question its origins and stability. From The Tempest Prospero has orchestrated events in such a way as to resolve the injustices and injuries that have occurred to him and his daughter, Miranda. As the play progresses more injuries occur. Antonio and Sebastian plot to kill Alonso and Gonzales, so that Sebastian can become Duke of Naples, Prospero intervenes and prevents the assasination. Caliban, Ferdinand and Stephono intend to assassinate Prospero in order to acquire control over the island, however Prospero thwarts their attempt. You will find other injustices from the play, however Prospero does not seek to resolve these. This is due to the fact that the concept of justice in the play is extremely subjective. Prospero controls the fate of all the other characters. He's the ultimate justice server in the play. His idea of justice is therefore one-sided. He therefore fails to see or try to resolve his own injustices, that of his ill-treatment of Ariel and Caliban, both who have ultimately been enslaved by Prospero. In addition, he fails to find the immorality in controling different people with the use of magic. Prospero's most important aim for the orchestrations on the island is to regain his dukedom, forgive those who did him any injustice, to have those people today repent, and to make reconciliation amoungst them with the mariage of Miranda and Ferdin...

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