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Nederostek William Shakespeare starts Act 1 Scene 1 of The Tempest with “ A tempestuous noise of thunder and lightening heard ,” which would allow many readers to assume that the meaning of the plays title to be connected with the opening storm that occurs. This happens because the Marian Webster Dictionary defines the tempest as “a violent storm”. Upon further consideration, it can be seen that Webster has a second definition for tempest which is “a violent outburst” and the word tempestuous as “violent” or “turbulent”. Seeing as though the storm only occurs in the beginning the play, the secondary definitions explain more about the content of the play. The character that exemplifies these definitions is Prospero. Shakespeare uses Prospero to evoke each of the different forms of a tempest, include violent and turbulent relationships with many people-especially his daughter Miranda and his two servants Caliban and Ariel. Shakespeare uses the title, The Tempest ; to not only show the storm that introduces the play but also in the role of its main character, Prospero. Shakespeare begins the play with a quick introduction to the actual storm, which causes the reader to question whether the play is about the events caused by the storms havoc or about the symbolic tempests involved in the characters in the play. The original tempest foreshadows the other tempests that will follow in the content throughout the play- “we see a storm whose symbolism deviates from our common understanding of what a storm is to be about” (yoder). The beginning tempest is only an introduction to the conflicts that will occur later in the play. Throughout the play, there are many occurrences of tumult and Prospero seems to be at the forefront of that majority of them. Harold Bloom notes, “Prospero would be a far apter title than The Tempest ” (quoted in Madsen). Prospero’s magic allow him to be a character of revenge, violence, power, and control. This is seen in many of his interactions with others, in which he causes further tempests among them. It is pointed out that, “Shakespeare keeps him at the center of the action; the other characters are ever subordinate to him” (Sochatoff 83). In analyzing Prospero’s character, it makes sense to attribute the title The Tempest to Prospero. When Ariel is first introduced into the play, the relationship between him and Prospero seems to pleasant. Following the orders of his master, Prospero, Ariel is the being responsible for the creation of the opening tempest. “Ariel is a more complete revelation of Prospero’s powers, for her performs acts comparable to his masters and some that go beyond” (Sochatoff 74). There are many examples of the power that Ariel possesses including his causing Alonso to sleep, his soothing of Ferdinand, and the creation of the king’s banquet. This does not mean that Prospero does not have the ability to do magic, as examples are seen of his powers when he forces Miranda to sleep and
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