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  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Jurisdiction Over The Magic Within The Play
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    From Storms to The Tempest William Shakespeare is undoubtedly the most celebrated playwright in history, but he is also the most severely criticized. Perhaps the play that has received the most criticism is his final, The Tempest. The Tempest has been disparaged for its lack of plot and tension, unparalleled amount of magic, myth and folklore contained within, and the lack of character strength. Many claim that Shakespeare last attempt at the theater was futile, resulting in a mind-numbing play ...
  • Bondage To Prospero's Magic
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    Master And Slave. An Analysis Of The Theme Of Bondage And Liberation In The Tempest Each of the characters in The Tempest finds themselves in bondage. However, by the end of the story, the same characters are set free from whatever enslaves them. A few characters one can see enslaved are Prospero, Miranda, Ariel, and Caliban. Prospero is in bondage to his magic. Since his exile by his brother from his dukedom in Milan, he has had but a few books to help pass the twelve long years. During this ti...
  • Effectiveness And Nature Of Prospero's Magic
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    Since the 1930's, critics' interpretations on Prospero's magic have become thoroughly polarized... A seminal history cal criticism on Prospero's magic was inaugurated by Walter Clyde Curry, Shakespeare's Philosophical Patterns (Bat on Rouge: Louisiana State UP, 1937), pp. 163-99. Some see Prospero as the quintessential Renaissance philosopher-magus or theurgist whose goal is the attainment of kn owl edge and wisdom through exercising natural and spiritual magic... See, C.J. Sisson, "The Magic of...
  • Prospero's Magic Island
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    The Tempest, by William Shakespeare is the last comedy of his career. The main character, Prospero, is the exiled Duke of Milan. He lives on an enchanted island and seeks the opportunity to punish and forgive his enemies by raising a tempest that drives them ashore. At first glimpse, the storm in the play appears to be more than Mother Nature acting up. Just as the tempest is more than a storm; Shakespeare's The Tempest is more than what meets the eye. It is a symbolic tale of life in the theate...

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