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What were Prospero's relationships to other characters in Shakespeare’s in the tempest?
In school we are currently doing The tempest. We have been told to describe how prospero relates to the other charicters, and i'm really confused! any ideas in how he relates to;
Thanks sooooooo much for your help,
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
He was the rightful Duke of Milan who (with his daughter, Miranda) was sent off on a boat to die by his usurping brother Antonio. Prospero and Miranda survived on the boat and found exile on a small island. He had learned sorcery (through the help of Gonzalo who hid magic books on their boat for Prospero) and uses it while on the island to control the other characters. On the is land, he became the master of Caliban and Ariel.
By chance, Antonio sails near this island and Prospero conjures the eponymous tempest which forces him (and others) ashore. Prospero regains his dukedom from Antonio through the events of the play.
Because of his powers, some hold that Prospero represents Shakespeare, James I or God(an all controlling force).
However, at the end of the play, Prospero drowns his books and renounces magic. In the view of the audience, this may have been required to make the ending unambiguously happy, as magic smacked too much of diabolical works; he drowns his books for the same reason that Doctor Faust, in an earlier play by Christopher Marlowe, futilely promised to burn his books.