The Tempest

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Revenge
A statement that many could agree with is: nothing in this world feels better than successfully plotting revenge against someone who has harmed you. In Shakespeare’s last full play, The Tempest, he takes on the task of tackling several acts of betrayal amidst the characters. It seems to be that every character has experienced some sort of conflict with another character pushing them to want to act upon it. If revenge is the best way to overcome a betrayal, can it be concluded that all the characters in the play are reciprocating the pain at the people that hurt them? From the beginning there is a strong dispute between Antonio and Prospero who are in a struggle for power over Milan. Prospero, who formally was the duke of Milan, was being robbed of his position from the person that was supposed to care for him the most, his own blood brother. It is evident that Prospero is deeply affected by Antonio’s betrayal as he proclaims: But what my power might else exact, like one who having unto truth, by telling of it, made such a sinner of his memory to credit his own lie, he did believe he was indeed the Duke, out o’ th’ substitution and executing th’ outward face of royalty with all prerogative. Hence his ambition growing dost thou hear? (10) As Prospero is sharing this distress with his daughter Miranda, he is making sure she catches every detail of it. He strongly discusses his concern for his loss of power and the well being of the people of Milan now that they are under the power of Antonio, who is a traitor in his eyes. As a result of this mistreatment, Prospero leaves his beloved Milan and relocates on an Island where he changes from being the oppressed to the oppressor. Since Antonio betrayed him, Prospero is forever scarred by this strong deception affecting the way he treats others and attempts to claim power over things that are not in his possession. Prospero’s new oppressing persona is portrayed as soon as he comes on to this...
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