However, this demonstrates an appropriate ending, as it reveals the character traits of Prospero, which make him a good leader. For example, the fact that Prospero does not want revenge, is a good leadership skill, and that he can forgive without having to be apologised to, “I do forgive thee, unnatural though thou art”. Prospero also demonstrates leadership skills within the given extract – at the end of act 5 scene 1, in that he demonstrates again how he is not blaming others for his mistakes but is instead making people see when they need to take responsibility.For instance, Prospero demonstrates to Alonso that he is not fully to blame for the murder plot by Trinculo, Stephano and Caliban against him.
“Two of these fellows you must know and own”, and hence Prospero shows that he can allocate responsibilities of people, but yet, he also shows that he is partly to blame “this thing of darkness [Caliban] I must acknowledge my own”. Consequently, Prospero is showing that he can accept responsibility for his mistakes, or the bad that is done to him and therefore this shows that Prospero is ready to become Duke again, and be a responsible leader.Therefore the ending of the play is appropriate as it shows us how Prospero has undergone a transformation and hence is prepared to return to Milan and rule correctly as compared to his previous reign, “and thence retire me to my Milan, where every third thought shall be my grave”. In the same way that the inclusion that Prospero has undergone a transformation and is ready to rule Milan, the ending is appropriate as it also shows how Caliban has also undergone a change.”What a thrice-double ass I was to take this drunkard for a god”, “I’ll be wise hereafter and seek for grace.
These quotes show how Caliban can see his mistakes, and see how he is wrong unlike earlier in the play where Caliban is ready to make the same mistakes again that is to say that he trusts any human to be a god. The latter quote also shows how he wishes to be forgiven, which again demonstrates a change in the character of Caliban, as previously in the play, he showed no remorse for attempting to rape Miranda.Therefore the extract is an appropriate ending to the play, as it shows the transformations of characters which will allow them to become a duke and rule Milan (Prospero) or become a ruler of the island when it is returned to him (Caliban). It also shows that the whole experience i. e. Prospero’s project has worked. However we can also see how Caliban is still a monster, and due to the description of Caliban coming from a noble and reformed man (Prospero), we can believe that this description is in fact true.
Prospero reflects the view of the Elizabethan audience in that he says Caliban is “disproportioned in his manners as in his shape” that is to say that outward appearance reflects inward character. This shows a number of things about the character of Caliban, in that it shows an even greater change in Caliban when he realises his wrongs, as even though he still looks like a monster meaning his outward appearance is still hideous, “strange thing as e’er I look’d on”, he has taken responsibility for what he has done, and not taken the expected action for someone with a hideous outward appearance, and hence evil character.This is appropriate to include at the end of the play, as it acts almost like a moral to the Elizabethan audience, that outward appearance is not always an accurate way to discover a person’s character, as even the most ugly creature can undergo a transformation of character, to become inwardly, not ugly even though the outer appearance remains unchanged.