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Family Structures or Lack Thereof Within Shakespeares Tempest there is little normal family structure The majority of the characters either dont have mothers or fail to speak of them very frequently Many might say that the family structure in the play is very weak due to the lack of maternal influences On closer examination however there is much strength in some of the immediate families ie Prospero and Miranda and Alonso and Ferdinand Only in reference to Ferdinand and Miranda is true and loving marriage ever apparent None of the shipwrecked men seem to have wives or make reference to having them Very few have children except for Alonso Yet throughout the entire play the point is made that it is human nature to desire strong family connections to be loved and to have ones own sense of place and belonging There are two pairs of brothers in the play who have relationships full of deceit and distrust which stem from jealousy or disdain An example of this is Prosperos appropriate feelings of disdain toward his lying cheating brother Antonio Antonio overthrew Prospero from his position of Duke of Milan I see this to be an act of jealousy as well as a desire for power Prosperos feelings are appropriate because Antonio not only overthrew him but he put him on a ship with his young daughter in hopes of their death Antonio doesnt find out that he failed to kill his brother and his niece until he is shipwrecked on the same island that Prospero and Miranda were shipwrecked on several years prior The other pair of brothers in The Tempest is comprised of Alonso the King of Naples and Sebastian Unsurprisingly these brothers face the same conflict as the aforementioned brothers Prospero and Antonio although the plan to commit fratricide is never followed through Sebastian plots with his alibi Antonio the other man who has attempted fratricide Shown here in both families is
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