The passengers on board Egan to fear for their lives. Act I Scene 2 opens when Prospers and his daughter Miranda on the shore of their island after buttressing the shipwreck. Miranda worries about the people on board the ship. Prospers consoles her and tells her that no one was harmed. He also decides that it time for Miranda to learn about their past. His begins his tale but doesn’t finish it. TO overthrow Prospers, his brother Antonio made a truce with the King of Naples Alonso, Prosperous rival.
Together With the help Of Sebastian, Alonso brother they plotted to kidnap Prospers and his daughter Miranda and set them adrift on a aft for them to die. Fortunately they survived because Gonzalez the kind adviser of King Alonso loaded their raft with supplies and Prosperous books of magic, the sources of his power. This tale is never finished because Prospers explains to Miranda that good luck has brought all his enemies to the island and puts her into a deep slumber. After he uses his charms on Miranda, he calls his spirit, Ariel.
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Their conversation shows that Prospers and Ariel are responsible tort the frightful storm. This conversation also tells us that Prospers is concerned about the people on board the ship and Ariel has scattered them across the slew. When I first heard the tale of Prosperous tragic_ past, I felt quite sorry for him. But the way Shakespeare illustrates Prospered character is quite different from the way expected him to be. I thought of him as kind, understanding but the way he is revealed in this scene shows that he is mean and cruel.
There is a very little trace of him being nice. He is very manipulative and demanding in this scene. He is also exceptionally dependent upon his two main subjects- Ariel and Clinical- for his own selfish desires which makes him very cunning. Shakespeare creates this side Of Prospers With a variety Of language techniques. Prospers is extremely manipulative in Act 1 Scene 2 and I think it is the most used character trait in his conversation With Ariel. When Ariel enters in the scene she is boasting about her work in the ship and quite proud of what she did.
Here Prospers flatters her With words like ‘my brave spirit. ‘ The word ‘spirit’ suggests that she is like a precious gift or an angel from heaven. There can be bad spirits but the word ‘brave’ emphasizes that Ariel is more of an angel than a demon. But when you look at the word it is as if Prospers owns Ariel and can control ere like she is his property; a possession and his asks questions regarding the storm and the passengers: ‘Who was so firm, so constant, that this coil/ Would not infect his reason? ND ‘But are they, Ariel, safe? ‘ In my opinion it is as if he praises her only to get what her to do his work. However, when Ariel ‘demand’ for her ‘liberty Prosperous behavior towards her changes, he insults her with terms like ‘malignant thing’ and ‘moody’ Which is shows that Prospers turns aggressive and rude when people demand something of him. The word ‘moody’ implies to people Who have Wild mood swings but when Ariel replies, she says ‘served/ Without or grudge or grumblings,’ and to this statement Prospers does not object.
This suggests that Ariel isn’t ‘moody” like Prospers claims she is. Prospers is made to be more manipulative by the use of rhetorical questions Dost thou forget/From what a torment I did free thee? ‘ and ‘Hast thou forgot her? ‘ The use of this language technique brings memories of Riel’s horror- filled past. Prospers seems to take advantage of this and reminds her that she was worse before he came to the island and rescued her as her ‘groans/Did make wolves howl, and penetrate the breasts/To ever-angry bears? Racing her to look at him as a better master and manipulating her to do more ‘toil,’ Prospers is also very demanding and it is used to illustrate different emotions. In his dialogue with Ariel Prospers seems to be demanding through the use of questions: ‘Hast thou, spirit, performed the point of the tempest/That I bade thee? Here he seems to treat Ariel like a salve because people use words like ‘Hast thou’ with slaves. Then further on, when Ariel ‘demand’ for her ‘liberty’ his demands are used to threaten her _ He asks her ‘Dost though forget/Prom what a torment did free thee?
The purpose of these questions are used to bring the memories Of her painful past and to make her remember how she had been ‘imprisoned’ for a dozen years. ‘ When the memories of her past are brought back Ariel seems to cringe and she replies With words like ‘NO, sir’ and ‘Ail, sir’ which shows that Ariel is scared of Prospers and I find quite strange because first Ariel was telling Prospers- in many- proudly how she did this and that and here she seems frightened and replies with a ‘sir at the end of every answer. Prospers also deranged things of Clinical. He isn’t polite to Clinical when he alls Clinical to ‘come forth. He uses phrases like ‘poisonous slave, got by the devil himself/ upon thy wicked dam,’ This quote shows that whilst Prospers calls Ariel ‘Fine apparition’ he calls Clinical as a slave the word ‘poisonous’ seems to be used to make the reader think that it is nasty, wicked, cruel and something not many people like. This is also further emphasized with the phrase ‘got by the devil himself which tells me that Clinical was good but then ‘the devil’ had cone and made him evil, cruel and a foul creature,’ Prospers also calls Clinical ‘hag seed’ and demands him to ‘tech us fuel.
However, when Ariel seems scared of Prospers and answers with a word or two, Clinical is bold and tells Prospers exactly what he thinks of him and what should happen to Prospers and Miranda. Think there is a very different reply to Prosperous threats from two of his subjects because Ariel has been his slave longer and is closer to Prospers so she knows vat Prospers was capable of, but, Clinical seems to oblivious of that fact. Prospers is unexceptionally dependent of his two of his subjects.
He uses them to do all his work and Prospers seems to be doing nothing at all except creating he storm and ordering them around. He asks Ariel if she ‘performed to point the tempest/That bade thee? ‘ This proves that even though Prospers created the ‘tempest’ Ariel is the one who ‘flamed amazement’ and ‘played some tricks of desperation’ and think she was the one Who did all the work. She seems to be very tired after serving Prospers because she asks, ‘Is there more toil? N a fed up way and it suggests that she doing it unwillingly. It seems like she is doing all this work and trying hard only to get her ‘liberty. ‘ Prospers is also dependent upon Clinical but not as much as Ariel. The reason Why Ariel is timid and doesn’t speak to Prospers freely and why Clinical tells Prospers exactly what he thinks of him is maybe because Ariel can lose her ‘liberty”; her freedom but Clinical has nothing to lose. Prospers uses Clinical for gathering firewood and he doesn’t encourage Clinical like he encouraged Ariel.
He threatens him that if Clinical ‘neglects, or dost unwillingly/I’ll rack thee with old cramps,’ Prospers also doesn’t manipulate Clinical the way he manipulated Ariel. This may be because he doesn’t need Clinical as much. He does manipulate him by telling Clinical, he would give him ‘cramps. And whenever I think to cramps, I can only think of pain and suffering. Before Clinical exits, he says that ‘l must obey; his art of such power,’ suggests that Prospers is very powerful and even Clinical; the son of that ‘tool witch Scoria’ seems quite scared of him.
This is further emphasized with the fact that Clinical says ‘It would control my dam’s god Settees/And make a vassal of him,’ which means According to me, Prospers is very cunning. He uses Ariel to do all his work and flatters her with phrases like ‘my spirit and ‘brave spirit. ‘ He makes her feel special so it encourages her to serve Prospers. When Ariel emends for her ‘liberty he uses questions like ‘Hast thou forgot her? In a sly and threatening way reminding her Of her past and tells her that ‘It was mine I arrived and made/The pine. ND let thee out. ‘ This is used to make Ariel view him as a better master and she owes Prospers from freeing her Trot that torment. The word ‘art’ makes me think that arts are creative and he had to be very creative in finding a way to make the pine tree gape to let Ariel out as the charms or spell on the tree was strong, but, it also makes me think of Prospers as a more powerful wizard than Scoria and if Ariel disobeys him, he will put her n ‘an command peg thee in his knotty entrails till/Thou has howled away twelve winters. This is very cruel of Prospers, it is as if he threatens her to do his work if praises her doesn’t work (emotional blackmail. ) When think of being in an oak tree for twelve winters it feels quite painful. I don’t think can last 12 minutes in that condition and think Ariel doesn’t want that to. Gut then he bribes her with the phrase ‘Do so;/And tater two days will discharge thee. ‘ Prospers uses his cunningness for a variety of purposes like bribery, cruelty and flattery with efferent language techniques.