William Shakespeare wrote The Tempest in the early 1600s when this cultural stigma was present. The Tempest is a play about a former Duke, named Prospero, with magical powers on a mostly uninhabited island who uses his powers to shipwreck the person who stole his dukedom, Antonio. Prospero lives on the island with his beautiful daughter, Miranda, the spirit Ariel, and the bastard son of the
He chooses safety for him and his court, hiding himself and them away and leaving his subjects to suffer with no guidance or help. By hiding away, Prospero leaves others to die in place of him and his friends.
He devises a secret plan to encourage Miranda and Prospero’s relationship: "But this / swift business / I must uneasy make, lest too light winning / Make the prize light" (1.2.542-545). He promotes their love by pretending to disapprove of them. By doing so, Ferdinand must fight for Miranda and will consider her worth the struggle. He involves himself in their relationship right from the beginning. This act is merely a part of solidifying his revenge to ensure he will be related to the royal family.
In the midst of all of the chaos that is approaching, Prospero, knows everyone who is in the island. Prospero and his spirit Ariel find things out and use it against everyone in the end so Prospero can look like the hero. At this point, Prospero is left with the decision to keep tricking everyone or to just bring them together and seek revenge. Throughout this play there are many events and actions put into the setting to understand the theme, struggle for power. Whether it's servants trying to take over or kings and duckies seeking their revenge.
Prospero's indifference about how Caliban felt, meant that Caliban's emotional distress was one sided. In addition to Caliban, Prospero's yearning for vengeance also creates internal issues for himself. After Ferdinand and Miranda announce their marriage, Prospero claims his "rejoicing / At nothing can be more," because he must "perform / Much business appertaining," (Shakespeare, 95-99). Usually, a father focuses more on his daughter getting married, however Prospero can only focus on his plans for vengeance. Some believe that the characters internal struggles were caused by the wrongdoers, and not a lack of forgiveness; however, at the end of the play, after Prospero becomes a more virtuous character, his conflicts with his brother and Caliban are resolved, clearly showing that their focus on vengeance is what caused the internal struggles.
While the play “Othello” explores various theme topics, and ideas the main theme topic is betrayal, which is projected through the various relationships. Shakespeare uses imagery to show the corruption of relationships through the feeling or appearance of betrayal. This is evident between three main relationships throughout the play, Desdemona and Brabantio, her father, Iago and Emilia, and Othello and Desdemona, both husband and wife. Brabantio prior to the commencement of the play has tried to arrange Desdemona’s marriage but she not only rejects most of the eligible men presented to her, she concludes that she despises marriage, so opposite to marriage that she shunned the wealthy curled darlings of our nation” (I.2.67-68) “. Compared to this time period, where daughters were property, whose only purpose was to marry well off, Brabantio allows Desdemona to find her own path, unlike many others.
Mikeina H. Yang Moosman IB English SL March 2018 The Tempest Summary It begins with a shipwreck, leaving the passengers stranded on an island. As Prospero is controlling the storm, Miranda starts to freak out as she saw the ship in the storm and thought that many sailors have died. Prospero ensures that the storm did not actually kill anyone and the ship is still intact while hidden away in a secret harbor. Miranda asks her father, Prospero, why he decided to strand these people here at the island. Prospero finds out that he was once himself the Duke of Milan, and Miranda was basically a princess.
Also, Miranda’s line references that surroundings control fate as well because even though nature put both Prospero and Antonio in the same family, it is who they surrounded themselves with that changed their true character. (15) • At the climatic part of the story when Miranda tells her father that she must have been a burden to him while being exiled to the island on a raggedy boat, Prospero must
In Shakespeare’s The Tempest Prospero is seen as a “noble” (1.2 120) and all-knowing father with uplifting characteristics that endows him the power to control nature (Fei 119). In both plays Prospero takes the moral high-ground and ignorantly believes that he has saved Caliban by teaching him their “language” (1.2 362), noting “what would you be without me?” (Cesaire 17). In the original text Caliban is
Marcello had a very difficult childhood and due to that he becomes a conflicted human in his later life. Marcello is neglected by his parents, he is sexually assaulted by a homosexual ex-priest named Lino and displays significant opposition to life forms around him. Marcello believes that because of