English 61- 002
the play The Tempest, written by William Shakespeare, the use of power is amongst
the characters are very strong. The idea of power presents itself in many different
ways. For example, the power of love, magic and illusion, the power of master
over his slave, the aspiration for power amongst all men. The main character Prospero takes advantage of
his authority and power, especially when it comes to his daughter, Miranda (who
is the only female character throughout the play).
the relationship between Prospero’s and his daughter Miranda is very strong. Though,
he is very stern with her, and likes to control everything she does, especially
anything associated with sex “Obey, and be attentive” (Act 1, Scene 2″). He is
obsessed with the idea of keeping her pure. But he also somehow has respect for
her. Shakespeare shows Prospero as someone
who loves to use his power to control everything, and Miranda being one of them.
However, they do have the typical parent and child relationship. They do have disagreement,
but that doesn’t change the strong connection between them.
explains his suffering of being trapped and isolated on the island. Miranda
gains knowledge form her father, which makes her an interesting character. At first,
she comes off as a naïve teenager because she everything her father tells her-as
most children are. Until new people start to arrive on the island. It becomes
hard for Miranda to believe her father. but she continues to because she does
not have any choice since Prospero has taught her everything she knows.
talks a lot about Miranda’s virginity. It is said to be treated like a
“treasure”, and that it needs to be protected, especially my him. For
example, when he prevented Caliban from raping Miranda and infecting the island
with baby Caliban’s. He stopped the potential threat to the island that could
have been ruled by Caliban and his off springs. In some moments in the play,
Miranda virginity is seen as innocence, virtue and of course purity, which all
see to make the island regain it naturalness. Rather than the witch Sycorax who
gave birth to Caliban.
Prospero’s relationship with Ferdinand. When Ferdinand first appears, Prospero
treats him poorly. Ferdinand wanted to marry Miranda, but Prospero quickly
denies because he believed that Ferdinand is traitor. Prospero’s does pretend to dislike Ferdinand,
but he secretly wants him to marry Miranda. He puts Ferdinand to the test, he
makes him work for love.
when Ferdinand and Miranda first meet, it was love at first site. Miranda says to
Ferdinand “I might call him a thing divine. For nothing natural I ever saw a
noble” (act I, scene II, pg. 4). She uses very descriptive words to describe how
much she likes him. Ferdinand then says to her “Most sure the goddess on
whom these airs attend! -Vouchsafe my prayer” (act I, scene II), he sees her as
someone that needs to be worshiped. During this encounter, Prospero sees the
attraction between them and immediately becomes protective of Miranda. He wants
to protect her like a good father would, as he did when he stopped Caliban for
trying to rape Miranda. However, as I mentioned
before, Prospero wanted Ferdinand to work for Mirandas hand in marriage. As a
father, this is a very loving thing to do for her because he wants to make sure
that Ferdinand is the perfect fit for her. But in a way, he still wants to control
conclusion, I believe Prospero started off as being power hungry. The way he treated
Ferdinand clearly shows use of his power and his inclination to manipulate
others to get what he wants. Though he is not disappointed with the attraction
between Miranda and Ferdinand, he does not want their love to get in the way of
his plans. Thus, he has no problem with taking advantage of Ferdinand and deceiving
his own daughter about how Ferdinand is unfit for her.
“The Tempest”, William
Shakespeare, Dover thrift edition, 1999