The Tempest: Analyze the moral development of Prospero’s character in the set scene with particular reference to his use and misuse of power.
It is clear that Prospero’s character develops significantly throughout the course of the play; it seems that he becomes reconciled with the idea of not controlling everything and so events begin to un-fold before him. It seems that his own morals start to overtake his needs to take physical revenge on his enemies, he becomes more sympathetic and humane in the way that he treats the people around him and he appears to loose the desire, towards the end of the play, to be to be the powerful, dominant character, thus he throws away his staff and makes a men’s with his acquaintances, relieving himself from the island with the power of the monologue. At the beginning of the play, to over nurture and treat Miranda as a child, giving the impression that she is not mature enough to fend for herself. He seems to use his powers so his advantage and almost mistreat his own human morals in that he deems it acceptable/necessary to awake and out to sleep his own adolescent daughter at his own will, we know this by when Prospero says “awake, dear heart, awake!” in act 1 scene 2. But as the paly continues you see that, obviously for the first time in a long time, Prospero’s plans for revenge distract him from Miranda and her wellbeing and so giving her time to develop, thus she has the opportunity to meet Ferdinand and fall in love. When Ferdinand first meets Prospero, at which point he has already declared his love to Miranda, Prospero treats him with a similar attitude as he shows to Caliban, as an outcast and someone with considerably less importance; dismissing any idea of a possible relationship between Ferdinand and his daughter. After Prospero comes to and agreement with Ferdinand, that he shall work as Prospero’s slave in order to prove his love for Miranda, there is little said between the two characters, which provokes the...
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