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Essay On The Tempest

Essay on The Tempest

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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 spontaneous and unsophisticated love of nature. Furthermore, deeper inside them, one has a fear of a higher power and the other a craving for affection and approbation. Thus, the contrast between them is heightened.…show more content…

Yet her compassion, as real as it is, also has a certain element of shallowness, or at least inexperience about it. She has lived the majority of her life in isolation, on an island known with her only companionship being that of her father. Growing up on this deserted island, Miranda learns to live and abide by the example set by Prospero. He is her only contact with the humanity and therefore he is her only friend and teacher. She knows no other woman and therefore had no female figure to aid the process of raising her. She is naïve and unaware of life's experiences, having been shielded from the rest of the world.      
     Throughout her life, which began at age three on the island, to the time in which she met the only other human contact, Ferdinand, at age fifteen, she learned many things from her father about life and all its complexities. Living on this island, Miranda is a product of " nurture" rather than that of "nature."
     The term nurture refers to the upbringing or raising of a child. Miranda's father is her upbringing. He guides her from her early years on the island all the way through her first meeting of human contact. Miranda had to grow up on a deserted island with no other human contact and having to live by and trust only one person's point of view. It is hard for us the

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Essay on Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest

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The Greatness of Prospero in William Shakespeare's The Tempest

No man is an island. It takes a strong, mature man to forgive those who hand him misfortune. It takes a real man to drop to his knees and repent. The character of Prospero in Shakespeare's Tempest is a man who has suffered much. Prospero is a puppet master throughout the play, but releases everything to save himself from his own self. The enemies in the play are not those whom he shipwrecked, they are of little consequence, and he plays them easily.

Propero's purpose in The Tempest is only to make everything right again. "Ariel is accordingly shown as the agent of Prospero's purpose. He is Prospero's instrument in controlling and developing the action" (Knight…show more content…

While Antonio and Sebastian are greedy, Prospero never perverts his power.

Prospero' s own flaws brought him to his island. "My Librarie was Dukedom enough for me," (I. ii. l.127). He lost threw away his title for his books and he eventually was exiled. Yet, as Prospero proves at the end of the play, " A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more worthwhile than a life spent doing nothing," (Bernard Shaw). According to Tillyard, Prospero had made enough mistakes in his life to be very carefull not to make any more. "Unless I be reliev'd by praier which peirces so, that it assaults mercy it selfe, and frees all faults" (epilogue).

Prospero exercised mercy towards Alonso, whom may have deserved to die. By stopping Sebastian and Antonio from murdering Alonso, Prospero proves to be a great man who is wise to overcome the temptation of vengeance and chooses to pardon them instead.

It is no coincidence that Ferdinand was the first person that Miranda meets. Most everyone else on the island is evil and Miranda cannot tell the difference. When she first sees the others she does not realize they are evil. "How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is!" (V. i. 182-183). Miranda may have loved the first man she saw, and for that reason Prospero used his magic to bring her and Ferdinand together.

Prospero chooses nurture over nature. "Shakespeare wants to make clear what he means: that

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