Power Of Power In Shakespeare's The Tempest

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Power manifests itself in "The Tempest" in many different ways, including the exploration of the power of love, the power of a master over his slave, and the power of magic and illusion. The name itself, ‘The Tempest’ is the extent of Prospero’s power. Prospero is the main character in the play, he is difficult to like and hard to understand. We see Prospero as a self-pitying man who refuses to accept that his study of black magic was the reason for his downfall. Prospero became so obsessed with magic that his brother Antonio got the chance to steal his title as Duke of Milan. Once in power, Antonio then had Prospero and Miranda, Prospero’s daughter, exiled to the island. This also makes Prospero come across as very unforgiving. His relationship with Miranda can be confusing; it can be seen as controlling but also as parental instinct. He is a bully to Aerial and Caliban and he manipulates his enemies so they will understand what suffering he has gone through. The power of language is also a major part of Prospero’s power over all the characters. I will now discuss each of these aspects of Prospero’s power in more depth. Firstly I will look at Prospero as a father and teacher to his beloved daughter Miranda. This relationship can be sometimes overlooked because of the relationship between Prospero and Caliban and Miranda can seen as an item of barter. However, the relationship between Prospero and Miranda is definitely a strong one. The reader can sympathise with Prospero
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