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Discuss Prosperos journey in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' in relation to his magic and his humanity and the changes he undergoes.

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Shakespeares so called late plays including works such as The Tempest and The Winters Tale present the audience with a world of incomparable wealth of interest in the unseen world of magic and adventure, all the while conveying Shakespeares unique capabilities with the English language and his risk-taking attitude towards theatre. Although this sudden change in attitude towards a risky side of presenting his plays, Shakespeare still maintains the overall product found in many of his plays; that of the journey of a character often ending in self-realisation and eventually death. All of these journeys are neither of magical or even fantastical nature, but simply of human nature and, in the end, it is the human aspect of theatre, and of life, that Shakespeare attempts to convey. The journey of Prospero presents the story of a rogue, untrustworthy man who once chose self-benefit over serving his country and consequently paid the price, but he is, abnormally, given a second chance.

Although initially presented to the audience as a tragedy, Shakespeare writes The Tempest with a much more realistic take on events, combing both tragedy and comedy in a representation of what can be considered to be real life. Beginning the tale in the midst of a frantic scene upon a ship in a storm; a tempestuous noise of thunder and lightning, certainly creates the tone of a tragedy. Prosperos daughters statement; If by your art, my dearest father, you have put the wild waters in this roar, initiates the magical side of the story, but also signposts the beginning of the turnaround in Prosperos so far tragic journey. Although revenge is still in his mind due to his usurpation by his brother some time ago in Milan, for the sake of his daughter Prospero ensures that Theres no harm done, revealing very early on the more human, possibly caring, side to the man. However his intentions are made clear through the description of his past; Twelve years, since thy father was the Duke of Milan,...