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Prospero in The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Within the first act, it is possible to deduce that many of Prospero’s actions at this point are turned toward revenge against his usurping brother and the king that helped him. Although it was he that commanded the tempest be brought to sink the ship that Antonio and the King travel aboard, we know Prospero is not evil because he also commands that no harm should befall anyone as a result, not even the brother he wishes to punish. His feelings toward his brother are openly expressed as he tells Miranda of their shared history: “that a brother should / Be so perfidious” (I, ii, 67-68) and “Thy false uncle” (76) are among the phrases he uses to describe this brother. Yet whether his brother deserves such evil description is something to be thought on. Prospero himself admits that he turned much of his Dukedom over to the management of Antonio willingly: “Me (poor man) my library / Was dukedom large enough” (I, ii, 109-10). In exacting revenge, Prospero seems content to merely re-establish his position as Duke and return to society, forgiving his brother without being asked it and without apology from the same: “For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother / Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive / Thy rankest fault – all of them; and require / My dukedom of thee, which perforce I know / Thou must restore” (V, i, 130-134). Antonio’s lines following this statement are confined to comments upon the fools Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban much later in the play indicating that revenge has indeed been achieved.
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The focus in this report is on Prospero who comes full circle within the play, demonstrating that justice is always in the eye of the beholder. The researcher aims to analyze the idea of the play that one person cannot rule the mind and heart of another one…
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