Luke DeGrossi In the fifth act of The Tempest , Prospero maintains a fairly compassionate attitude toward the wrongdoers who he brought into the tempest. Considering everything which has been taken from him, one would think that Prospero might exhibit a stronger sense of vengefulness, but nevertheless, Prospero remains calm and benevolent at all times. Prospero believes that “the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance” ( The Tempest , pg. 174, lines 27-28). When Ariel tells Prospero that Caliban,Triculo, and Stefano are planning to murder him, take over the island, and appoint Stefano as king, Prospero does not lose his virtuous sense of sympathy. Instead, he gathers the men and speaks to them respectfully. Even when speaking to his despicable brother, who betrayed his love, he forgives him. Although extremely understanding, Prospero does scold his brother, Antonio, when he says, “Unnatural though thou art” ( The Tempest , pg. 178, line 84). The line does not evoke hatred into Antonio’s heart; however, I see it more as
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