The Struggle for the Ideal Society
, is a story of a society of
contentious relationships. The relationships amongst these characters are defined
by violent or immoral actions due to the animosity that these characters have for
one another. Shakespeare uses people’s lust for power in the government to show
relationships between characters on an island. Using these relationships,
Shakespeare reveals his negative view of greed and corruption in society. The
relationships within the play are full of betrayal and distrust, especially between
brothers and the hierarchy of the government.
Relationships amongst family members should be strong, trusting, positive,
and moral. In truly loving relationships, both people in the relationships must be
wise, flexible, sensitive, understanding, accepting, and tolerating. The
relationships between brothers in
are lacking these characteristics.
Therefore, instead of brotherly love, there is contempt and hate. Prospero, the
proper Duke of Milan, has been banished by his brother, Antonio, from Milan.
Antonio banished Prospero so he could usurp the dukedom from him. Antonio
desired fame, wealth, and power. With the help of Alonso, the king of Naples,
stole his brothers position and sent him and his infant daughter, Miranda, out to
sea to die. While at sea, it was possible that Prospero and Miranda would die.