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William Shakespeare – The TempestCharacter list:PROSPERO:Protagonist, Miranda’s father. Was duke of Milan 12 years prior to the events of the play. He was overthrownby his brother, Antonio, who acted together with Alonso, the King of Naples. He was forced to flee by boat with his daughter, Lord Gonzalo helped them escape. For 12 years he lives on an island refining the magic which gives him power to punish and forgive his enemies.Enigmatic protagonist: Sympathetic character who has been wronged but the power he has over others and the tense speeches he gives others makes him unlikable.Pursuit of knowledge: First appearance: Speaks with Miranda, explains his fall from power due to his brother and his neglect of royal matters due to his infatuation with knowledge.Possession and use of magic powers = Not entirely sympatheticPunishments:CALIBANSpirits pinch him when he curses. Punishment is petty and vindictive.ARIELProspero dictates what he must do, is Prospero’s slave, threatens him e.g. When Ariel reminds him of his promise to let him go earlier if his duties had been done Prospero getsangry and threatens to return him to imprisonment.FERDINANDProspero uses Ferdinand’s love for Miranda to imprison and enslave him.Prospero is central to the plot as his schemes, spells and manipulations create the play.Prospero’s final speech: Compares himself to a playwriter, asks for applause. Final scene functions as a celebration of creativity, art and humanity. In the last 2 acts of the play, Prospero becomes more likeable, hislove for Miranda is shown, he forgives his enemies and the happy ending created by his schemes erase/overpower the controlling means of getting there.MIRANDA:15 Years old, gentle, compassionate, passive heroine. First appearance: Meek and emotional when speaking about the shipwreck and hearing Prospero’s story about his escape from Milan.Doesn’t choose her own husband, Prospero arranges for Ferdinand and Miranda to fall in love – Miranda doesn’t fight back even after the two discuss her virginity in front of her.2 Moments of strength which change the readers opinion of her: Act 1 Scene 2: Prospero and Miranda speak with Caliban. Prospero alludes to the fact that Caliban tried to rape Miranda and Caliban agrees that those were his intentions. Miranda scolds him for being ungrateful for her attempt to educate him.Act 3 Scene 1: Miranda’s marriage proposal to Ferdinand after her father forbid the two from speaking.Miranda is willing to stand up for and speak on behalf of her self in instances concerning her sexuality.CALIBAN:Prospero’s slave, referred to as a “monster” by other characters, son of a witch-hag, native to the island.Mirrors/parodies other characters.

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