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  • Caliban Lies With Prospero's Failure
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    Prospero's magical powers allow him to single-handedly take control of a situation of slowly developing chaos, caused by his eviction from Milan, and turn the plot of The Tempest towards comedy by sheer force. That he has powers over his surroundings, far greater than those of an ordinary mortal, is inconceivable, as is the fact that he uses them for good in the course of the play. However, it remains to be asked whether Prospero combines his magic with power over the self, and whether Shakespea...
  • Tempest's Prospero
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    Biblical Themes in Shakespeare's The Tempest Shakespeare is one of the most prolific and admired writers who ever lived. He certainly knew his craft and was familiar with all of the literature available at the time. One of the greatest books ever written was of course the bible. Written over the course of more than a thousand years it is a miracle in itself that the book exists. Shakespeare knew his bible, and his work often incorporated and examined biblical themes. Shakespeare's last completed...
  • Companion To Miranda And Prospero
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    Gender issues in The Tempest The modern NBC miniseries adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest shares many similarities and differences on certain issues. The miniseries is an Americanized version, set during the period of the Civil war. Many issues involving gender were changed in the miniseries to reflect the new setting. The result is a more believable and understandable Tempest to which people can relate. The gender issue changes make the characters reflect modern individuals, and to remove ...
  • Theme Freedom Versus Control In The Tempest
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    THE TEMPEST Explore the theme of Freedom versus Control in the Tempest. The Tempest is a play that explores many themes, one of which is the theme of freedom versus control. We can explore this theme by examining the characters in the play. Throughout the play there are countless examples of power and authority through control, and the desire for freedom echoing strongly along with this is emphasised in many of the characters. All the characters in the play suffer some sort of incarceration befo...
  • Prospero And The Court Party
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    Prospero the Leader Shakespeare, by concealing part of the truth at first, shows us the development of Prospero's character while on the island, from excessively trustful, too tyrannical, to a man who is willing to forgive. By the end of the play, Prospero indeed combines power over himself with power over the outer world (Elye 7). Although this does put him in an ideal position to lead, Prospero is brought to a point where he develops control over himself, rather than being presented as such a ...
  • Miranda And Prospero
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    Prospero Through the course of the play, Shakespeare presents us with a man who seems evil, powerful, and often tyrannical, but in the end, leaves us with a man who learns how to forgive and who can become a leader once again. He was betrayed by numerous people including his brother Antonio and Caliban who tried to rape his daughter Miranda when he brought him into his home. Prospero who is the rightful Duke of Milan, was removed from his position and replaced by his brother under the approval o...
  • Prospero's Magic
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    Gonzalo states: 'We are people of our own minds and no one else's,' by this Gonzalo is telling everyone that no one can control what someone sees or does. This is true unless one is using magic to alter the minds and reality of anyone under the influence of magic. In the Tempest, by William Shakespeare, Prospero uses magic to alter the reality and delude the minds of characters. Love or guilt is a form of magic that naturally occurs in one's life. Prospero creates another magic that is placed in...
  • Miranda And Prospero The Use Of Language
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    The Tempest Essay 1 The role of language in Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" is quite significant. To Miranda and Prospero the use of language is a means to knowing oneself. Caliban does not view language in the same light. Prospero taught Caliban to speak, but instead of creating the feeling of empowerment from language, Caliban reacts in insurrectionary manner. Language reminds him how different he is from Miranda and Prospero, and also how they have changed him. It also reminds him of how he ...
  • Prospero's Cruelest Manifestation Of Magic
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    Through the use of his magic, Prospero seeks to surpass worldly values and create a utopia, or ideal society. This becomes evident in how Shakespeare portrays the innocence of Ferdinand and Miranda. He insists that Ferdinand not "Break her virgin knot before All sanctimonious ceremonies may". (Act 4, Scene 1) Prospero's seeking to create an ideal society also becomes evident in his attempts at making his usurping brother and his court to repent. Thus, he is trying to make right of what has gone ...
  • Prospero And Caliban
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    The Tempest. An Imperialist Heaven or Hell? Shakespeare lived and wrote in the Elizabethan age, a time when his society was branching out and making itself known throughout the world by colonizing other cultures. Great Britain was reaching for new heights of power. In the play Shakespeare questions the value of this new concept of British imperialism. The Tempest is called Shakespeare's American play, because he calls into question England's right to colonize other nations, much as American colo...
  • Lookin To Usurp Prospero
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    I love the way Prospero speaks! Although I hate his character, his way of speaking is eloquently biting-whether he is speaking lovingly to his daughter or abusively to Caliban, he gets his point across beautifully. I tried with all my might to decide whether I like Prospero... but to no avail. I had a bad taste in my mouth from the get-go because I remembered a comment about the ambiguity of the Caliban situation-how maybe he did try to rape Miranda, but maybe he didn't, so maybe Prospero was no...
  • White Magic
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    Explain how Ariel and Caliban serve as character foils for each other. Be sure to consider their physical appearance and their roles as servants to Prospero. In the world of The Tempest, Ariel, the airy spirit, and Caliban, the earthy monster, can be described as character foils. Unlike and contrasted as they are, they have some traits in common. They both have an aversion to labor and a longing for liberty. Also, they have a primitive sense of humor, a fondness for tricks and pranks, and a spon...
  • Prospero And Caliban
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    The Other in the Tempest In order to understand the characters in a play, we have to be able to distinguish what exactly makes them different. In the case of The Tempest, Caliban, the sub-human slave is governed largely by his senses, making him the animal that he is portrayed to be and Prospero is governed by sound mind, making him human. Caliban responds to nature as his instinct is to follow it. Prospero, on the other hand, follows the art of justifiable rule. Even though it is easy to start ...
  • Shakespeare Like Prospero
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    There can be no doubt that The Tempest contains numerous references to the theater, and while many of Shakespeare's plays make reference to the dramatic arts and their analogy to real life (e. g., "all the world's a stage"), it is in this, his last play, that the Bard most explicitly acknowledges that the audience is viewing a show. Thus, in the play's final scene (Act I, scene i., ll. 148 ff), Prospero tells his prospective son-in-law Ferdinand that the revels at hand are almost at an end, that...
  • Prospero Around The Island
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    The Tempest was first written around 1610 and was first printed in the 1623 Folio, where it was the opening play. The Tempest reflects Shakespeare's society through its relationships with its characters. Men viewed themselves superior by race, financial status, and gender. The Tempest is a play about power in its various forms such as nature and man. The Tempest is a romance filled with magic and supernatural interventions. Caliban, a native of the island is robbed of his kingly status once Pros...
  • Miranda And Griselda
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    Two girls- both live lives of innocence, naivet'e and simplicity. Both are dedicated and infatuated with their husbands who are diametrically opposite of themselves. Both, because of their unawareness of life experiences, are easily controlled and manipulated. Miranda, from Shakespeare's The Tempest, and Griselda, from Boccaccio's The Decameron, show several commonalities through their actions and behaviors in each of their distinct yet similar circumstances. Miranda, a fifteen year old daughter...
  • Prospero And Miranda
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    Prospero, exiled Duke of Milan, raises a tempest that drives his enemies ashore onto his enchanted island, so as to forestall a rebellion, to arrange for his daughter to meet a prince, and, more importantly, to relinquish his magical powers William Shakespeare's last play The Tempest is a story about Prospero (the rightful duke of Milan). He is betrayed by his brother Antonio and left on a ship with his daughter Miranda to die. Only things are not going according to plan and Prospero and Miranda...

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