The Tempest raises many interrogatives regarding the structure of authority, status and power. How hierarchy set in the playwright; usual or as constructed? Furthermore, what are the circumstances when authority is seized? This paper will attempt to answer these questions in a coherent way using textual references, as well as the protagonist of the play, Prospero, to solve the accusations. As the play progresses, Prospero constructs the hierarchy in such a matter its returns things to their "natural" state. Any kind of attack, whether attempted or successful, will always end up with its power back its rightful place, and generally, (most of the time) with a lesson learned.
Shakespeare starts by choosing Prospero’s name from the Latin origin to define: “ I cause to be a success, make happy, prosper and (be) fortunate.” This gives the impression Shakespeare proposed for Prospero to thrive, be of a good-nature and benefiting us with wealth – so incidentally Shakespeare cause the audience to sympathize with his actions. While, answering the question we need to found out his several stereotypes or ‘roles’ in the play: A magus or scholar, a duke, father, Revenger, Man, Master, as well as an actor-manager – then I will want to explore the context of his will and relationships with both the characters, reference to the historical context , and the relative scenes. This will be used to see to the fullest extent, whether the audience can sympathise with him and how far Prospero sympathizes’ with others.
Shakespeare begins to fully-bare Prospero’s behaviour and effect on the reader firstly, which gives the audience a chance to experience Prospero in one of the stereotypes he is observed as. In the beginning of the play, Shakespeare gives Prospero stature to gain sympathy after he retracts his usurpation after many years of his secrecy. “The hour’s now come,” Shakespeare reveals Prospero in a very vulnerable state “He whom next thyself/Of all world I love…. Thy...
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