The Tempest: Character Study of Prospero

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The Tempest: Character Study of Prospero

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Character Study of Prospero in The Tempest

"The Tempest" is a play written by Shakespeare in 1611. It is a play about a man called Prospero who's brother (Antonio) attempts to murder him and his 3 year old daughter Miranda in order to become the Duke of Milan. Antonio plans to kill them by sending them out in a boat that would sink at sea. However, his plan failed as Prospero and Miranda survived and ended up shipwrecked on an island. After 12 years on the island, Prospero decides to claim revenge on his brother and everyone who was involved in his attempted murder. Everyone is unaware Prospero and Miranda are alive and well so Prospero uses this to his advantage, and causes Antonio and other members of the Italian nobility to shipwreck on the same island Pospero is on using his magic he has developed over the years and a spirit called Ariel.

William Shakespeare was an English poet and play wright in the late 15th to early 16th century. Of his surviving work he has 154 sonnets, 38 plays and two long narrative poems.It is believed Shakespeare was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon but many facts about his life are unclear, and there is actually a long period of time when there are no records of him these are known as the "Lost Years". At the age of 18 he married 26 year old Anne Hathaway who was 3 months pregnant, with one of their three children Susanna. Hathaway and Shakespeare later had twins called Hamnet and Judith. He died on 23 April 1616 at the age of 52.

In the play "The Tempest", Prospero is the central character. The whole story has evolved from his past and all of the events in the story unfold with him or around him. In the play he has the power of magic, a spirit called Ariel (who he freed from a log in return for servitude until such a time that it was no longer necessary.) and Caliban ( a monster who believed he owned the island until Prospero and Miranda arrived and Prospero tamed Caliban to protect and be their personal servant.We...

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