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How does Prospero use magic in The Tempest and how does he use it to try and create an ideal society Through the use of his magic Prospero seeks to surpass worldly values and create a utopia or ideal society This becomes evident in how Shakespeare portrays the innocence of Ferdinand and Miranda He insists that Ferdinand not Break her virgin knot before All sanctimonious ceremonies mayAct 4 Scene 1 Prosperos seeking to create an ideal society also becomes evident in his attempts at making his usurping brother and his court to repent Thus he is trying to make right of what has gone wrong in the world He does this by working with his faithful spirit Ariel and using his magical knowledge to create a world in which he can create his own future and reconcile with his past When his opportunity arrives to make his enemies repent Prospero seizes the opportunity and sets out to reverse the events that occurred twelve year previously Hell is empty and all the devils are hereAct 1 Scene 1 Ferdinand yelled as he leapt from the burning ship during the tempest The great tempest that Prospero bade Ariel to create was made by magic The ship burned but it did not split break or sink The ship was brought safely into the harbor and her crew was magically charmed to sleep The occurrence of a mighty storm is a pivotal plot-mover as well as a symbol for transformation In The Tempest the storm provides for the arrival of the King of Naples the usurping Duke of Milan Gonzalo and the rest of their party including Stephano and Trinculo While the latter two do not experience any profound transformation the rest do and it is through the facility of the tempest that this transformation occurs The survivors of the storm swam to shore and were separated into groups about the island This serves two
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