The Importance Of Wrong Judgements In The Tempest By William Shakespeare

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We’ve been taught that we cannot judge a person by his or her appearance because one’s external doesn’t necessarily tell about his or her personality. The same concept applies in The Tempest as well. A lot of times, people determine how others are by what they see without learning about them further, and that always leads them into wrong judgments; in Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, Stephano, Caliban, and Miranda all make wrong evaluations by simply trusting what they observe.
Stephano shows how incorrect first judgements can be if he believes how things appear to be. When he first gets on the island, he is in shock because he sees there is a “monster of the isle, with four legs, who hath got, as (he) take it, an ague” (II.2, 59-60). And when
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Caliban tells Stephano, “As I told thee before, I am subject to a tyrant, a sorcerer, that by his cunning hath cheated me of the island” (III.2, 37-38). In this scene of the play, Caliban keeps telling Stephano how badly Prospero treats him and how Stephano should go to kill him. He even suggests several ways that Stephano can use to destroy Prospero’s life. In this case, he only sees and emphasizes Prospero’s abusive actions towards him, but he is not aware of the reasons behind those actions, such as he is trying to rape Prospero’s daughter. Prospero once tells him, “I have used thee, /Filth as thou art, with humane care, and lodged thee/ In mine own cell, till thou didst seek to violate/ The honor of my child” (I.2, 346-349). According to what he says, he was friendly to Caliban and even let Caliban stay in his cell, until Caliban tries to hurt his daughter. From a father’s perspective, especially when his daughter is the only loved one he has on this island, he cannot accept anything harmful happens to his daughter. What Caliban does may hurt his daughter not only physically, but also mentally, so as a very protective father, he has a fairly persuasive reason to treat Caliban badly. As a result, what Caliban experiences cannot tell us about the personality of Prospero, since he is not just a brutal master as Caliban says, but also a great father who …show more content…
When Miranda first meets Ferdinand, she says to her father, “What is’t? A spirit?/ Lord, how it looks about! Believe me, sir,/ It carries a brave from. But’its a spirit” (I.2, 409-411). Even after her father tells her that that is only a human being, she still maintains that he is divine. The reason why Miranda considers Ferdinand a spirit is that he is the only man she has ever been besides his father and Caliban, so for sure, he is far more handsome than Caliban, the son of a witch and a devil. Thus in her mind, a person who is that good-looking must be a celestial being, but for us he is just an ordinary human being. Near the end of the play, Miranda meets all the nobles who were on the ship, including Antonio and Sebastian. She says, “O wonder!/ How many goodly creatures are there here!/ How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world/ That has such people in’t!” (V.1, 182-185) Nonetheless, based on the previous events in the play, Antonio takes his brother’s country and usurps his position as the Duke of Milan. Also, he tries to persuade Sebastian to follow his path, which means Sebastian will kill Alonso, who is his brother, and becomes the king of Naples. Actually Sebastian almost carries it out. Therefore, at least

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