Prospers and Miranda survived, fortunately, and found exile on this small island. Prosperous first impression is that he is a caring father “l have done nothing but in care often-” but as selfless as he may appear, his longer dialogues and speeches evoke another side of him, a more self-centered side. This is primarily revealed when he mentions his appreciation of magic and darks arts “for the liberal arts / Without a parallel; those being all my study, / The government cast upon my brother Thinking of himself, he left his city and his people in the hands f his brother so that he could focus on what he truly is fascinated by: magic.
By doing so, he put his and his daughters life in peril. Prospers continues to be revealed in the way he interacts with other characters in the play. At first Prospers praises Ariel “My brave spirit! ” by this we can infer that, even though they have a master and servant relationship, he still appreciates the spirit’s efforts. Prospers imposes authority and dominance on Ariel, a spirit, which sets a hierarchy to the play. The subservient Ariel demands for freedom, which triggers a certain anger in Prospers, as if he believes that
Ariel is challenging his authority. He is very demanding as he states, rasher’s more work” as soon as Ariel had just completed a task. Prospers shows authority by using words such as “must’. Prospers becomes more and more aggressive towards Ariel by using repetition of rhetorical questions “How now? Moody? ‘ The name calling shows how he is of a higher status than Ariel and can allow himself to be rude. He continues by asking questions ‘What cist thou cants demand? ” and “Before the time he out? This puts Ariel into a position of discomfort, which is what Prospers intends to do. Then, with the use of imperatives “No more. ” he silences Ariel and demonstrates who’s truly in command. Furthermore, Prospers uses his extensive vocabulary and swift language to remind Ariel of her previous situation and persuades it of how fortunate it has been to be saved by Prospers. He creates a negative and cold atmosphere with phrases such as “sharp wind of the north”, ‘Veins” and “baked with frost” This imagery emphasizes how great Prospers is in contrast with Scoria the witch.
He persuades and convinces Ariel that it was “a spirit too delicate” and it “didst manfully remain A dozen years” Prospers is cunning and knows how to use language to manipulate Other characters. Prosperous character is revealed even more in depth by the appearance Of Clinical in the play. Clinical, Corals child, was accused of attempting to rape Miranda and thus, ended up being enslaved by Prospers. Prospers only addresses Clinical in derogatory terms such as ‘What ho! Slave! Which represents his disgust for Clinical. However, from Scallion’s perspective, one can perceive Prospers as being unfair, as Clinical mentions “[his island’s mine why Scoria my mother, Which thou taws from me. This shows that Prospers has taken what was not rightfully his, Moreover, the method of doing so was unjust as well as he betrayed Clinical, “and then loved thee, And showed thee all the qualities this’ll,” this phrase represents how Prospers befriended Clinical at first to use him and then caged him.
Prosper¶s dominant role on the island surfaces again as he threatens Clinical “Fill all thy bones with aches, make thee roar,” Here the character of Prospers is conveyed as being a strong and powerful one, as he is in command of all the characters we have encountered so far. Evidence of Prospers being at the top of the hierarchy are when he uses imperatives later on in Act one Scene two “Speak not you for him: he’s a traitor, this implies that Prospers is constantly in control of most situations and that he is also wise and knowledgeable.
He orders Ferdinand “Come! ” which, yet again, shows control. Prospers threatens harsh punishment on Ferdinand, this brings to light a corrupt side of Prospers as he is excessively aggressive towards most characters. Prospers believes himself to be a Wise man and to always be right which could be a fatal flaw, this is evident when he degrades Ferdinand by saying Come on, obey. Thy nerves are in their infancy again” This shows how he must diminish others to make himself feel greater and more powerful.
From a Marxist perspective, the hierarchy is clearly stated, and this conveys Prospers to be in command of all on the island. This could be foreshadowing and lead to great corruption, The hierarchy also gives light to the unfairness it leads as the audience may start to feel sympathetic for weaker and more delicate characters such as Ariel and Miranda, The opening scenes only show the relationships Prospers has with the other characters, and how he acts and behaves in relation to them reveals his true character and personality.