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About Prospero The Tempest in Act 1 presents many intriguing plots all seemingly unrelated until we meet the powerful sorcerer controlling them all Prospero The main plot that unfolds is Prosperos desire to enact vengeance against his brotherfor stealing his dukedom and then stranding him on a deserted island Shakespeare then proceeds to detail Prosperos attitude toward his slaves Ariel and Caliban whom he uses to do his biddings Prosperos relationship his daughter Miranda when she falls in love with Ferdinand also provides an interesting insight into Prosperos character Through these three unfolding story lines Shakespeare shows Prospero to be a vengeful controlling cold-hearted individual motivated by power He uses his art to accomplish his goals as well as to threaten and punish those that do not comply with his wishes As the play opens we are presented with a ship carrying the King and other important officials of Naples caught in a terrible storm Later we learn that Prospero caused this Tempest to capture his brother Antonio as well as Alonso the King of Naples Prospero wishes to take revenge on Antonio for stealing his Dukedom of Milan and against Alonso for helping Antonio to do so He uses his art and his faithful sprite Ariel to enact this revenge by stranding them upon the same island they stranded him It is unclear from the first act what Prospero plans to do to Antonio or the rest of the ships inhabitants but these actions of Prospero show him to be a vengeful person and also shows that he is not afraid to use his magic against his enemies Prosperos relationship with the other inhabitants of the island also displays important aspects of his character The two additional inhabitants of the island mentioned in the act are Ariel a sprite who was cursed to live in a tree and Caliban a monstrous human being lacking education and intelligence Prospero uses both Ariel and Caliban for
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