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In William Shakespeares The Tempest sub plots are used to crystallize the commentary on what it means to be a civilized man Prospero the evil magician on the island is a main character in all of these plots He cast a spell to make a ship full of royalty crash land onto an island This ship includes many characters such as Alonso - The King of Naples Sebastian Alonsos brother Antonio Prosperos brother Ferdinand Alonsos son Trinculo and Stephano the fools Ariel Prosperos magical servant Caliban Prosperos slave and Miranda Prosperos daughter These many characters are very easily organized into three main subplots The first subplot is the one in which Antonio and Sebastian plot to kill the king Alonso The second subplot involves the fools Stephano Trinculo and Caliban and their plot to kill Prospero The third subplot is that of the lovers This subplot involves Ferdinand and Miranda and their plan to get married Prosperos part in all of these subplots is apparent and in the first subplot because he is trying to show them that they should not assassinate the king who is with them and that they shouldnt have gotten rid of Prospero himself back before the play begins Prospero was the right Duke of Milan but his brother usurped him and banished him to this island Now he wants to show them that they made the wrong choice in doing that he wants to show them that he was the one for the job Prospero also believes that killing the king will do nothing good for anyone They are stranded on an island for all they know they could be there for the rest of their lives and it will not matter whom the 2 king is Near the beginning of Act II while Alonso is sleeping Antonio and Sebastian stay awake and plot the assassination Sebastian indicates his willingness to shed blood when he says
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