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Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest Essay example

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Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest In action 1 we understand that Prospero is a very complex character with many distinct aspects to his presentation. The first and probably the most apparent aspect to his character is that of the magician. Some critics assert that the 4 main characters in the Isle could be said to represent unique attributes to humankind: Caliban represents instinct, Miranda represents love, Ariel reflects soul and Prospero represents power. Prospero's incredible magical powers contribute to the interpretation of his character. His character is also interpreted as being like a puppet-master. I believe this is a suitable image of Prospero as he uses his incredible powers to rule over people, influencing and controlling them with his magic for his own personal purposes. He controls Caliban with threats and acts of physical violence saying: " Tonight thou shalt have cramps, side stitches that shall pen thy breath up." This shows Prospero's puppet-master side using his incredible capacity to control people and making them afraid of them. The author also uses the rule of three to demonstrate the extent of Prospero's threats towards Caliban. He also controls Miranda, this time although he doesn't resort to physical pain or violence he puts a spell on her instead. He says, " Thou art inclined to sleep" This again shows his extraordinary power he possesses as a magician having the ability to control people's actions easily as a puppet-master would his puppets. I believe he does this to show off and feed his ego. Also he does this to suit his personal interests. In this way Prospero often abuses his power. A.

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