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Prospero of course is the play He is the exiled duke of Milan and the father of Miranda as well as a powerful magician ruler of a remote island The play revolves around him He has more lines than any other character His presence is felt continuously even in those scenes in which he does not appear personally He is the manipulator of the action in the play The sometimes-godlike character is well rounded and full of contradictions making him a difficult character to evaluate In his judging punishing forgiving and in many other ways he is godlike compare to the rest of the characters in the play Thanks to Ariel he is also knows everything as well Like a god he punishes the guilty but with grace he shows mercy and gives second chances After Caliban attempts to rape Miranda Prospero does not get rid of him If I were Prospero I would have a severe monthly payment punishment-plan installed for Caliban Near the end of the play after Properso reveals the conspiracies of all those against him there is no harsh punishment as one would imagine He basically just demands repentance Forgiveness is one of the themes in this play and here Prospero demonstrates it Even though Caliban conspires with Stephano and Trinculo to kill him he refrains from punishing Caliban Go sirrah to my cellTake with you your companions As you lookTo have my pardon trim it handsomely 5ii291-293 Prospero however also shows that he is not perfect unlike a god He makes the mistake of leaving the governing to his brother Antonio who then drove him out of Milan Later he lovingly educates the monster Caliban and gives him freedom Caliban returns the kindness by trying to rape his daughter Prospero makes the same mistake with both of them He fails to keep them in their proper position As a perfect ruler this would be his responsibility Late
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