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Prospero in William Shakespeare's "The Tempest" - Book Report/Review Example

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William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” is, most probably, the last play he wrote entirely alone and has often been referred to as “Shakespeare’s Play” in that the character of Prospero seems to be orchestrating the actions upon the island in a creative, artful way…

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Prospero in William Shakespeare's "The Tempest"

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). ...
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