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The Tempest: How is the theme of power and control demonstrated through out the tempest.

In “The Tempest” , power is demonstrated through various forms. Shakespeare presents the theme of power through the social power held by Sebastian and Antonio as they demonstrate the abuse of their power towards those they may deem socially lower. Shakespeare also presents power through Prospero’s magic and manipulation as he crafts his return to as the duke of Milan as well as his treatment of Miranda and Prospero.

Prospero is a character that throughout the play consistently seeks to maintain and gain power, and as such has sought to regain power that was taken away from him in the form of his dukedom. His study in magic may have been the cause for this loss of control, however to some extent, magic has made sure he has maintained his power. The concrete nouns of “thunder” and “lightning” used as stage directions firstly demonstrate Prospero’s manipulation of the elements through his magic. This ties in with the theme of power as Prospero shows the extent to which his magic can reach. His manipulation of the elements is consistent throughout the play and portrays him as trying to play god in influencing nature, these nouns portray Prospero as a character to be feared as these nouns emphasises the wrath and power of Prospero’s magic. The clause “I made shake” reinforces how Prospero views himself and also how influential and fearsome his magic was. The pronoun “I” emphasises Prospero’s power further as he suggests that he has achieved all that he has done by himself.

The theme of power is shown through Prospero’s interaction with his daughter
Miranda. The imperative verbal phrase “sit down” and the imperative verb “obey” connotes Prospero desire to constantly be the one in control, it also connotes that Prospero views Miranda as inferior and may even suggest that he…...

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