William Shakespeare 's The Tempest Essay

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Abraham Lincoln once said, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man 's character, give him power.” That saying by President Lincoln relates to William Shakespeare’s The Tempest because the main character Prospero has a lot of power within the book and it defines his character and how people look at him. Prospero is the type of person to let the power take over him and it dehumanize him because he doesn’t know what’s right and just. He uses his power over everyone and it eventually leads to everyone disliking him and wanting an end to his power. Being powerful doesn’t mean you get to be this horrible person; you make decisions to benefit everyone around you not just for your own purpose. Power is a great thing to possess and in the play he possesses a majority of his power over one person. Prospero is a powerful person because he expresses that through the enslavement of Caliban.
Caliban is the son of the now-deceased witch Sycorax. “This blue- eyed hag was hither brought with child” (Shakespeare 17). He is also known in the play as a savage and deformed slave. Caliban is also the one who acquainted Prospero with the island when Prospero arrived. Caliban believes that the island rightfully belongs to him and has been stolen by Prospero. Caliban is telling the truth about the island being his because Prospero even said so. “Then was this island (Save for the son that she did litter here, a freckled whelp, hagborn) not honored with human shape”…

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