Issues With Immigration In The Miller 'And The Tempest'

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William Bradford, author of “Of Plymouth Plantation” and part of the first wave of settlers to land on the new America once said, “All great and and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and both must be enterprised and overcome with answerable courage.” It was a great action to come to the new land and give up everything they had to escape their persecutors, which means that they will be accompanied by great difficulties. While these Puritans tried their best in their attempts to overcome the challenges, in the end the trouble they caused outweighed the positives for the native people. There are three stories that show the same issues with immigration. Those stories are “Balboa” by Sabina Murray, “The Tempest” by William …show more content…
The way he went about doing was very harmful to the natives of the land. He was very prideful in everything he did, which got him into many problems throughout his life. He started as a gambling pig farmer, who stows away on a ship to escape his debtors. He brings with him a massive canine named Leoncico. He is eventually caught by the sailors on the ship who do not end up punishing him, they say that when they get to shore the savages that call the land home will be much worse than anyone back in Spain. When he lands on Darien he mounts a rebellion and overthrows the governor. During this time he leads widespread massacres of Indians with the dogs and guns that he brought. He is cursed by a monk who says “May your most evil act be visited on you, I curse you” (Murray 83). The curse makes Balboa bit scared, but not much. He recalls the time that Leoncico ripped a Chieftain 's head off. This will eventually parallel his own death by beheading back in Spain (83). Balboa brought dogs, hate, corruption, and many other horrid things to the new …show more content…
In “The Tempest” by William Shakespeare, there is an island. It is inhabited by a ‘man’ named Caliban and a spirit named Ariel, who is imprisoned in a tree. Both got there because of a witch called Sycorax. Caliban is her son and Ariel a servant that disobeyed her. Eventually the island becomes home to Prospero and his daughter Miranda. They were exiled from their home in Milan where he was the ex-duke. They bring with them Prospero’s magic. In the beginning they got along fine, Caliban shows them water and food, and they give him shelter. Eventually though, Prospero uses his magic to force Caliban to live under a rock and essentially be his slave. Whenever Caliban disobeys, Prospero curses him, saying “I’ll rack thee with old cramps, fill all thy bones with aches” (Shakespeare 53). Eventually this drives Caliban to worshiping Stephano and Trinculo, two drunks who come to the island, and use them to attempt to kill Prospero. The group fails and are punished by Prospero for even trying. Prospero does something similar to Ariel. He promises the spirit freedom after one year of service, but one year came and went and the spirit was still doing Prospero’s bidding. It asks for freedom soon after it is introduced into the story, reminding Prospero of this by saying “Let me remember thee what thou hast promised, Which is not yet performed me” (48). By bringing his magic to the island Prospero brought trouble for the native

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