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Anna Den Adel World Literature: 1770-present January 31, 2011 Reading Response 1 Shakespeare’s The Tempest is a forceful play centering its plot upon the revenge of Prospero. As a diabolical and manipulative character, he controls most of the action sequences throughout at an attempt of regaining his status. In the epilogue, Prospero’s characterization is drastically altered from a dominating oppressor to a sympathetic, weak character to achieve the audience’s fondness for the resolution. Shakespeare depicts Prospero as the force behind what consequences each character endures while disregarding any “moral” bounds. Prospero renounces his power in the beginning of the epilogue saying, “Now my charms are all o’erthrown” (V.i.1). This first line comes as a shock to the audience and readers of the play since the main theme of Prospero is to obtain as much power possible. He admits that “what strength I have’s mine own/ which is most faint” (V.i.2-3). Through direct characterization, he is changed from power-driven to weak minded.
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