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Prospero the Leader Shakespeare by concealing part of the truth at first shows us the development of Prosperos character while on the island from excessively trustful too tyrannical to a man who is willing to forgive By the end of the play Prospero indeed combines power over himself with power over the outer world Elye 7 Although this does put him in an ideal position to lead Prospero is brought to a point where he develops control over himself rather than being presented as such a character immediately Prosperos magical powers allow him singlehandedly to take control of a situation of slowly developing chaos caused by his eviction from Milan He has powers over his surroundings far greater than those of an ordinary mortal is incontestable as is the fact that he uses them for good throughout the play However it remains to be presented whether Shakespeare actually favors Prospero as an ideal leader Although we hear Prospero tell the story of his eviction from Milan the manner in which he tells his history inspires distrust and self-pity While Duke of Milan he trusted his brother Antonio too much and consequently lost his dukedom and nearly his life On the island he befriended Caliban brought him into his house and treated him as a member of the family Repeating the pattern of trust which was again betrayed when Caliban attempted to rape Miranda Although Prospero learns from this second betrayal he goes to the other extreme Thomson 27 As stated by critic Karl Elye Prosperos apparent tyrannical stance is revealed in his exile and verbal abuse of Caliban and also his tirade and threat to imprison Ariel again till Thou hast howld away twelve winters Elye 24 Aside from the sin of tyranny Prospero also seems unforgiving toward Caliban and Antonio When we see Caliban willingly serving Stephano and Trinculo we begin to realize that Caliban is not evil and could in fact be
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