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The Tempest Is It Series of Treacheries and Rebellions Yes the play consists of a series of rebellion treacheries mutinies and conspiracies against authority but the overall view of the dramatic action is much more complex Many other aspects and themes such as illusion and the supernatural magic also play a very important part in shaping the plot Power struggle is evident from the beginning way back when Prosperos brother Antonio seized his status as Duke of Milan and banished him to a barren place and left for dead In scene 21 pg 141 Sebastian remarks I rememberYou did supplant your brother Prospero And Antonio replies True And look how well my garment sit upon me Antonio betrayed Prospero and yet he feels no remorse for his treacherous act I feel not This deity in my bosom his conscience is not bothered by what he did to Prospero Another sibling conspiracy in the play came in Act II when Sebastian is encouraged by Antonio to kill his bro ther Alonso which would put him next in line for the throne but first they attempted to kill Gonzalo the Alonsos faithful advisor Scene 21 pg Draw togetherand when I rear my hand do you the likeTO fall it the sword on Gonzalo Their evil plot is interrupted and plans ruined as Ariel wakes the sleeping party Alonso and Gonzalo But perhaps the most prominent resistance against authority comes from Caliban the slave of Prospero who feels that the island is rightfully his The islands mine by Sycorax my mother He goes on to state that Prospero takst from me In order to regain or gain his rulership Caliban plots with Trinculo and Stephano to kill Prospero and take over the island Act 3 scene I pg 160 Why as I told thee tis a custom with him I th afternoon to sleep There thou mayst brain him Having fisrt seized his books or with a log
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