The Tempest - Magic Theme
- Infuses the play with a sense of wonder and spectacle
- Uses his magic to control the supernatural and the natural world, but not black magic like sycorax
- Prospero's books in the play symbolize his power. Caliban even knows that without his books, Prospero is nothing
- Prospero has taught his daughter from these books but in many ways she is ignorant as she has only ever known the people on the island
- Magic is nothing in Milan and he must relinquish his magic in order to regain any sort of power or to enter back into society in Milan
- His magic is responsible for his rise but also his downfall
- Magical characters - Prospero, Ariel, Sycorax
- Magic also about appearance - Caliban is not considered to be human
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The Tempest - Men Vs. Monsters Theme
- Miranda and Prospero say very little to show that they see Caliban as human
- Before Miranda taught him language he 'gabbled like a thing most brutish'
- Calibans nature remains quite ambiguous
- Prospero calls him 'Devil, born devil'
- Can his 'devilish' nature ever be overcome with nurture?
- Caliban was kind to Prospero until he imprisoned him. Prospero stopped being kind after Caliban threatened to **** Miranda
- However Caliban has some of the most beautiful language in the whole play
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The Tempest - Ruling and Colonies
- Prospero has found in isolation the perfect place to school his daughter
- Caliban laments that he had been his own kind before Prospero got there
- When Caliban suggests to Stephano to kill Prospero, Stephano envisions his own reign
- Only person colonised is Caliban
- However Prospero also takes over and takes control of the spirit Ariel
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The Tempest - Man/Natural World Theme
- Is man more noble in natural state than in civilized?
- Can man be at one with nature or will everything he touch turn 'unnatural?'
- Can the island be considered untouched?
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