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In The Tempest Shakespeare attempts to generate a world where the audience is transported to a world of magic and superstition This is successfully achieved through the utilisation of numerous dramatic techniques such as setting symbolism creation of conflict and characterisation Prospero in his twelve years of exile has had an abundance of time to imagine his vengeance on his brother Antonio Using his magical powers and supernatural forces he creates a storm to capture his enemies with the assistance of his spirit slave Ariel Throughout the play the audience witnesses Prosperos imaginative journey of revenge revolve to reconciliation and redemption Prospero on his island is in command It is his imagination that has conjured up his scheme for revenge and the journey is his to have power over Throughout the play Prospero also experiences a journey of wisdom and appreciation He learns more regarding the social order in which he lives and experiences self-realisation and discovers his identity Prospero learns that revenge on his enemies is not the best answer Yet with my nobler reason gainst my fury Do I take part The rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance and through his change other characters such as Alonso learn something about themselves and others such a Miranda and Ferdinand find love- Beyond all limits of what else I th world Do love prize honour you The imaginative setting for Prosperos island allows for the unbelievable to take place Because of the situation Shakespeare can exercise his imagination to generate characters and thoughts that are not possible in a realistic setting The island is a place of magic and imagination The magic of Prospero Ariel and the other spirits Caliban and the masque all persuade the audience to suspend disbelief and accept imagination Shakespeare has created the magic so that the audience will be enticed by the opportunity to escape from the real world and experience encounters beyond the surface
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