Prospers is justified in his behavior towards others during the play. During the course of the play, Prospers is always scheming on his plan to get his justice back trot what the nobles did to him. Believe that Prospers is justified towards the others during the play, as there is lots of evidence to support this statement. A good example is when Clinical tries to rape Miranda; Prospers is justified in how he treats Clinical in the play, He treats Clinical like dirt and does not regard him as a very humane being, and this is shown when he says, ‘Thy poisonous slave, got by the devil himself upon thy wicked dam, come Roth”.
Before the play, Prospers and Clinical had a good relationship but what Clinical did to Miranda changed their relationship instantly as Prospers uses his magic to treat Clinical as his slave and constantly threatens him if he does comply With Prosperous commands. Therefore Scallion’s behavior means that Prospers is justified in his behavior. Another example to support this statement is when Clinical, Trujillo and Stephan attempt to kill Prospers as he is sleeping. They take advantage of what they think is a good opportunity to get back at the oppressor.
This plot against Prospers would make him annoyed especially at Clinical because Clinical, despite Prosperous threatening, does not choose to give up; he keeps trying to rebel against Prospers, This is mainly Scallion’s plot but this evidence adds to my earlier point of Clinical acting badly against Prospers, which allows Prospers to be justified in his behavior and to have justified revenge, However Prospers decides not to punish Clinical for his plot to kill him, he dismisses the failure and says, wreak with you your companions.
As you look to have my pardon, trim it handsomer’. This is not the reaction you would expect trot Prospers but he ceded not to lash out at Clinical. Prosperous revenge could be justified as he tries to protect his daughter Miranda, the nobles sent the two of them on a ship to die but they manage to survive. Although Prospers is seemed to be cruel towards Ferdinand as he falls in love with Miranda. Hind that Prospers has every right to behave like this because many times Miranda has been put under danger and it must be hard for Prospers to give her up to Ferdinand so easily as he has spent many years to protect her. He instructs Ferdinand on how to treat her, he says, “But if thou dost reek thy virgin know before all sanctimonious ceremonies”. This shows a very strict side to Prospers, which is vat you would expect from how protective he is Of Miranda. Prospers has a lot of power in the play due to his magic books and in my opinion he should be able to use it.
This is an idea Of kingship as Prospers has vast amount of power and should be able to do it. This is shown in the play as he controls the nobles and his servants and this point justifies how he behaves throughout the play However there is one dramatic moment in the play where Prospers lets go of all his power instead of becoming possible a very successful ruler. Prospers is a cruel tyrant. However there are points in the play, Which suggest Prospers is a cruel tyrant instead of a justified ruler.
Firstly could be said his behavior towards Clinical in the play is unjust as he was initially kind to Clinical by teaching him language and treating him more like a servant than a slave. This kind relationship is then broken as Prospers decides to take control of the entire island from Clinical and Scoria with brute force and then threatens to torture Clinical if he tries to rebel, I’ll rack thee with old cramps, fill all thy bones with aches, make thee roar… “. This could portray Prospers as a cruel oppressor as he takes advantage of his superiority and strong power.
Even though Prospers may use his power for good and for his justified revenge, he seems to enjoy controlling the nobles more than necessary tort example during the sub-plot when Clinical, Trujillo and Stephan attempt to kill Prospers. He enjoys moving the characters around the island almost as if they are his puppets or chess pieces in which he gets his fun from by playing with them. This over-use of power could make him seem like he is a very merciless ruler and treats others worse than they treat him.
Prosperous plot has some very cruel aspect in it for example even he lies to Alonso about his son, Ferdinand, being killed by the storm. Alonso is made to think this throughout the entirety of the play and this shows to have very serious effects on Alonso for example when he talks about committing suicide by drowning himself, he says, “I’ll seek him deeper than ever plummet sounded, and With him there lie muddied”. Only a very barbarous oppressor would do this to is victims who in this case are the nobles and this agrees with the statement.
In the play, Prospers in many cases takes advantages Of things such as Ariel. Although he did free Ariel from being trapped in a tree, he keeps him as a servant for a very long time. Sometimes when Ariel mentions the fact that one day Prospers has to let him free, Prospers then counters it by saying if it weren’t for Prospers, Ariel would not be able to be free like he is. This shows that Prospers takes advantage of what he has and knows others can’t up rise easily against him because he has much superior power and these advantages are overused in my pinion and make him a cruel tyrant.
How far and in what ways do you agree with these statements? Overall believe that agree more with the first statement because all his actions, whether good or bad, have a good reason as to why they are being done. A good example is how Prospers mistreats Clinical physically and mentally but this is all justified because Clinical attempted to rape Miranda. Prospers has spend a lot of time and energy looking after his daughter and for someone to go and try rape her would make Prospers angry and want to make Clinical suffer for is actions.
In my opinion he is allowed to behave like this, The second statement is not very true in a few cases as there are always counter argument that could be made to why Prospers is acting like a cruel tyrant. For example, Prospers is able to control the nobles easily and place them on the island wherever he wants and finds this activity slightly enjoyable. This is exactly the revenge he has been waiting years for from when he was banished from Naples so think he has reason for his actions, he is not just a nasty commander, acting without reason.