Prosper Initially, probably until about half way through the play we see Prosper as an angry, dominant, narrowly focused man. He does not reveal his anger biblically, only speaks about it through his ‘lectures’ about his life/background stories. He creates an enormous storm at the start to capture his enemies, which can be suggested as a ‘mirror of his own mind’ – angry and in turmoil. However, he can be said that he has the right to be upset after being usurped and cast away to the island.
He continues to play the angry, lecturing type of character until he meets Ferdinand, whom he is angry with also, but the difference is that this time he reveals his anger to the audience. This is the beginning of him trying to calm down in many ways and trying to create a sense of empathy with the audience. Additionally, perhaps he has discovered something in himself, triggered by his own conflict. Prosper has a very deep inner conflict, a struggle with his omnipotence and humanity.
At the start of the play he presents himself with an overwhelming sense of power and authority. This perception is triggered by his magic but not a sympathetic character that the audience can share empathy with. He seems petty and cruel at times, especially after we discover that it was him who created the tempest As Prosper evolves, the audience discovers with him through his Journey. We can discovery the events through his reflective stories that are unleashed through his magic.
Prosper discovers his own freedom and giving freedom to others by first discovering that freedom can be given through forgiveness, not retribution. His own freedom is very personal in that he is forced to pursue and interest on his return to Milan. His rigidness of other frees him up to do these sorts of things. He also gets a physical freedom – he discovers that he can leave the island and can return to life. He discovers he can be free from magic but also in a dramatic sense, he discovers the way home and the way to be free – he asks the audience for that too.
Prosper takes the audience on an imaginative Journey, allowing us to discover with him, thus questioning our own humanity Prosper represents Shakespeare “Prosper is a man who becomes a God” Despite his indignation Prosper realizes that he should favor his more noble seasons against his fury (act 5 scene 1 , 27-28) 2) Shortly after Prosper states he is going to take his vengeance, everything begins to turn around and we being to see forgiveness in Prosper – he forgives Clinical, frees Ariel, and forgives Antonio – everything comes together and he finds his humanity.
His transformation is in his movement towards virtue in the later parts of the play. The tempest within Prosper quiets. 1) 2) “Prospered denial of his own responsibility in the situation at the beginning of the play transforms in to an epiphany at the end of the play in which he allies that only through admitting his wrongs and releasing control over other people’s actions, can he truly be free.
Therefore the characters self serving nature cannot be viewed as contradictory to the notion that Prosper represents selfishness but rather a reinforcement of his emotional and spiritual growth that allowed him to finally be the benevolent man that he’s always deemed himself to be The Tempest within Prosper By Julian Prosper holds a Shakespearean balance wit n the elements to Clinical and Ariel while Miranda being the whole of that for which he lives’ (iv. . 3). This is how he discovers himself.
In the beginning, Prosper has hubris and is not a sympathetic character 1) Prosper is central to the narrative but the must discover himself through evolving or he cannot interest the audience Prospered narrative is a mirror of his inner conflict, his internal struggle between omnipotence and humanity. He, of course, discovers his humanity and forgives his enemies Initially we see Prosper as an anger man whose inner tempest is mirrored by the action on stage Prosper transforms from bitterness to empathy and the path is forged by magic.
He discards his magic to return to the real world, a manifestation of his complete change Prosper is an evolving character and the audience sees something in themselves in him so we are happy to see him change and return to his world Prosper discovers how to exist in his own world on his terms but has to undergo change to enable this By observing his betrayal and repentance, Prosper is brought to offer mercy. Ariel – “the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance” Ariel serves as a catalyst that reminds Prosper of what it is to be human.
This allows him to discover a sense of compassion within himself and reconcile with others. Through this he discovers freedom and peace. Prosper discovers the impact of power – magical powers are what caused him to loose his kingdom and they are also a driving force behind his ambition for revenge. Through magical power he takes back control of his own life and also the live of other. It is also through magic and the manipulation of others that allows him to see the impact of him power on other people. What is the impact of power? T allows him to assume a higher status/higher level of control than his own human self and he can artificially manufacture his own sense of Justice on others. “as the morning stills upon the night melting the darkness so their rising senses… Chase the ignorant fumes that mantle clearer reason” 0 through this metaphor the responder is able to understand that Prosper has “melted darkness” and has been able to see clearer. Power allowed his enemies to entertain his ambition thus expelling “remorse and human nature” causing their humanity to become “foul and muddy’.
Prosper realizes that without his magical power he is but “same stuff as dreams are made of”. I. E he likens himself to his enemies. He uses power to motivate repentance in others. In the epilogue, Prosper states that his discoveries have allowed him to see the error of his ways by metaphorically likening himself to his enemies and by casting aside his magical powers “charms are all earthwork what strength I heave’s mine own”. I. E. Now that he has thrown away his charms/magic, he has gained/attained freedom and his own human power 0 loss – gain concept