In this piece of coursework I’m going to show how shakespear shows his beliefe towards christians by using each of the characters.
Christian morality means that every person should have it no matter what they have done and if you truly feel sorry or bad about what you have done you will always be forgiven no matter what. To make a point Prospero sinks the passing ship which has on it all the people who decieved him. They are then taken to the island where Prospero represents a god like figure and the island represents the world and the castaways are all the people that live on the world.
Shakespear is trying to teach us that you should not revengeful and take the the less hurtful approach and just teach those who have done wrong a lesson so they will learn from it.The outline of the play is that the ship which was passing the island carried the shipmen which were once mean and decieved Prospero who was once the Juke of Milan there for Prospero wanted to teach the men a lesson and sunk there ship. This made them all come to the island where Prospero could start his powers on them and begin to teach them a lesson. The play is a comady and there for must have a happy ending. All the characters deserve this so that when they leave the island they are all reformed. And at the end it shows Christian morality when Prospero the god figure says “have my pardon” and this shows that he had the power to teach these people the right way of doing things and that he has such a high status that he can forgive sins.
Prospero was banished from Milan so that his own brother Anthonio could take his place and become the Duke of Milan and then Alonzo could then become the king of Naples and sent on a boat with no food and only his child to keep him company. They ended up landing on this island. Prospero thought he would grow old with Miranda and die until he had the ambition to become a sorcerer.Where he had been on the island for so long his powers had grown, so strong like the power a God would have that all living creatures that lived on the island would look up to him such as; fairy named Ariel, would to such an extent be the right hand man of god, and looked up to him. Before Prospero, Ariel was put in a tree for life by the nausty witch Sycorax when Prospero came along he defeated the witch and set Ariel free for his thanks he devoted herself to him for a repayment of her thank Prospero needed Ariels powers and his own to perform great trick.Ariel is also another character who looks up to Prospero an example of this is where Prospero tells Ariel to do something and he replies ” All hail, great master” This shows the true power he actually had on the island.
Verious spirits live on the island and all follow Prospero an example of his demands, which they obeyed was when he asked them to tease Alonzo. He used a banquet. Prospero knew that this would tempt them just like it did in the bible with Adam and Eve so the spirits bought the banquet and as soon as it came they were mezmerised. Then “With a quaint devise the banquet vanishes”This also shows the power that he had and that he can play with people minds.
Caliban is ugly and a out of this world creature and seeks to look up to people. He had a crewl upbringing because of his mother who was Sycorax the witch therefore Prospero wanted to teach Caliban to be good inspite he thought that he would never be worthy to do anything.