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The Themes of Power and Ownership in the Tempest Essay

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The Themes of Power and Ownership from the Tempest Ownership is a dominant and ever present theme from the Tempest; virtually every part in the play is involved with the subject of ownership from the play. They are either the dominant, or even the one who is dominated in the relationship. Ownership is present from the start of the play, as we all see Prospero generates a storm to shipwreck Gonzalo and his men, this immediately shows us that Prospero is a strong character in the play, later when he's speaking to Miranda we figure out what makes her dad the highly effective man that he is. Although the characters are very dislocated in the island there's still a feeling of dynastic power. There are no laws on the island, and there's absolutely no government but the characters themselves create a level of communal normality. The different collections of characters’ connections with every other play an important role in the theme of ownership; you will find the characters that were shipwrecked for example, Sebastian, Antonio, and Gonzalo. The characters that have been marooned on the island for many years (Prospero and Miranda), and the characters that have been on the island long before Prospero and Miranda were isolated there like Ariel and Caliban. These set of characters hold onto their alliances with those they know best. It's soon apparent when looking at the text which are the dominant, and powerful characters and who are the weaker characters. Act 1 scene 2 Prospero and Miranda Shakespeare soon makes it clear to the audience that Prospero is the most dominant character in the association between the magician and Miranda. It's evident tha...

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