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Prospero's Magic in The Tempest At Shakespeare's The Tempest, Prospero's magical is the means that Prospero instructs his courses to the plays various personalities. Whether or not these lessons were heard or not is irrelevant. The main difficulty is that Prospero's personality truly is a complex one, and one that deserves much attention. Two essays which look at the complexity of Prospero and his magic are all Stephen Miko's "Tempest," and Barbara Mowat's "Prospero, Agrippa, and Hocus Pocus." Both of these essays, in dealing with Prospero and his magic reveal things about Prospero that just improve the mystery of his character. Mowat's article deals more with the nature of Prospero's magical, and the type of character that it makes him. She provides three truths about the possible nature of magic. 1) Prospero's interest in magic reflects only his curiosity about the ultimate truths of existence. 2) Prospero's use of magic only allows him to command the physical world, and can't help him control the minds and souls of people he affects. 3) Prospero's use of magic is tied into the fact that he is in an isolated place from society. Each of these provides another reading to Prospero's character, because his character is so reliant upon using magical. Mowat in positing that Prospero's study of magic only reflects his desire to understand the truths of nature, makes Prospero outside to be non-malevolent character. She says that here, he reflects the magus of older, or the philosopher-mage who studied the arts arcane simply to become more knowledgeable about the world around him. This opinion is represented within Prospero's narrative about his history to Miranda. If he is to be considered within this address, he then was only worried about betterin...