The Relentless Quest For Power By William Shakespeare 's The Tempest

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The unrelenting quest for power is a driving force behind William Shakespeare’s The Tempest; it is an attempt to seek understanding regarding the natural tendency of humankind to seek authority over others. The play features various exertions of control of one character over another and questions the long term stability of a system of authority. Shakespeare’s work offers a critical analysis of the pattern that exists when an individual craves power and how quick some are to take advantage of a situation in which they can accomplish this goal. Subsequently, The Tempest becomes highly comparable to controversial early Colonization attempts. Because often times these decisions are made based on personal or cultural ethics, the acts become unbounded structures for judgment. Shakespeare identifies an egocentric tendency of humankind that can essentially legitimize any usurpation of power due to the phenomenon being motivated by perceptual beliefs instead of universal principles.
One of the earlier power takeovers seen within The Tempest occurs prior to the play, when Prospero came to the island and took over power from Caliban, the sole inhabitant granted ownership to the island by his powerful mother, Sycorax. At first, the relationship between the two was of mutual benefit for all parties. Prospero taught Caliban how to express himself through language and Caliban showed Prospero “all the qualities o’th’ isle.” To Caliban, this was sacred land; a place of “sweet airs that give…

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