WHERE THE TEMPEST MEETS FORGIVENESS: But Prospero Forgives!

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Perhaps one of the biggest characters in Shakepeare’s The Tempest is Prospero, the duke of Milan. We learn very early on of Prospero’s relationship with many characters in the play such as his hatred for Caliban because of an accused rape of Prospero’s daughter and strife towards Antonio for sending Prospero’s daughter to die in the shipwreck caused by the tempest. Prospero, and Ariel, have all the power in the world when they gain knowledge about Trinculo, Stephano, and Caliban’s plans of murder. However, Prospero choices to forgive Caliban despite their past which is surprising as a reader. We are set up in the beginning with knowledge that Prospero has raised Caliban, and nutured him. Once Prospero learns of the accused rape he becomes bitter and angry with Caliban because he doesn’t understand how someone who is like a son to him could do such a thing to his actual daughter. But Prospero forgives! He forgives and moves on in his relationship with Caliban and Antonio, giving the reader a sense of hope for the sense of forgiveness in all humans. Exemplifying the fact that no matter what the past circumstances, the future holds forgiveness once one is able to forgive.

 

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One thought on “WHERE THE TEMPEST MEETS FORGIVENESS: But Prospero Forgives!

  1. Well-said. Your summary captures a core aspect of Comedy in the classical sense. In Comedies, expansive progress is possible. Things and people continue to grow. Classical Tragedies, on the other hand, though they produce valuable knowledge, typically end in the main characters’ deaths. Tragedies teach us how to avoid future misfortune, whereas Comedies show us growth by embodying it.

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