Prospero Is Justified in His Behaviour Towards Others During the Play

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Prospero is justified in his behaviour towards others during the play.

During the course of the play, Prospero is always scheming on his plan to get his justice back from what the nobles did to him. I believe that Prospero is justified towards the others during the play, as there is lots of evidence to support this statement. A good example is when Caliban tries to rape Miranda; Prospero is justified in how he treats Caliban in the play. He treats Caliban 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 forth”. Before the play, Prospero and Caliban had a good relationship but what Caliban did to Miranda changed their
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I think that Prospero has every right to behave like this because many times Miranda has been put under danger and it must be hard for Prospero 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 break thy virgin know before all sanctimonious ceremonies”. This shows a very strict side to Prospero, which is what you would expect from how protective he is of Miranda. Prospero 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 Prospero 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 Prospero lets go of all his power instead of becoming possible a very successful ruler.

Prospero is a cruel tyrant.

However there are points in the play, which suggest Prospero is a cruel tyrant instead of a justified ruler. Firstly it could be said his behaviour towards Caliban in the play is unjust as he was initially kind to Caliban by teaching him language and treating him more like a servant than a slave. This kind relationship is then broken as Prospero decides to take control of the entire island from Caliban and Sycorax with brute force and then threatens to torture Caliban if he

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