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Tempest A Look At Reality And

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Gonzalo states: "We are people of our own minds and no one else's," by this Gonzalo is telling everyone that no one can control what someone sees or does. This is true unless one is using magic to alter the minds and reality of anyone under the influence of magic. In the Tempest, by William Shakespeare, Prospero uses magic to alter the reality and delude the minds of characters. Love or guilt is a form of magic that naturally occurs in one's life. Prospero creates another magic that is placed in the audience's mind when he asks them to become the master magicians.Alonso and Gonzalo's minds are deluded by Prospero's spells to make them unaware of what is happening around them or aware of ...view middle of the document...

Meanwhile Ferdinand is following strange music that is leading him away from the others. Prospero has Ferdinand walk away from the others so he meets Miranda, and also so Alonso's crew can't find Ferdinand. This shows some of the powers of indirect magic, but direct magic can be more effective when trying to accomplish something very quickly; such as punishment or trying to teach somebody a lesson. Prospero casts spells on Caliban to punish him for cursing and disobeying Prospero's authority. Caliban is put to work doing a back breaking job, and all that Caliban does is try to curse at Prospero. Prospero casts a spell to make Caliban's body fill with cramps and pinches all over. Direct magic doesn't always work in one try, so a person may attempt to do something again. Caliban, Trinculo, and Stephano try to kill Prospero, but Prospero casts spells on them to fill their bodies with cramps and pinches. Prospero does this for two reasons. One is to keep from getting killed and, two is to punish them. Because of this, Caliban repents toward the end of the play. The spells are physically applied, but they also have a mental affect.Natural magic is about to take place, i.e., falling in love and/or feeling guilty for one's actions. This is a natural occurrence in one's life and is part of reality. Miranda falls in love with Ferdinand when they first meet. Miranda tells Prospero about the fine looking creature. She may be saying this because she has never seen a man; nevertheless, she is in love. Prospero plans for this to happen; because Prospero is planning for this to happen, he has to make Ferdinand prove that he is worthy of Miranda.Ferdinand doesn't know Miranda, but wishes he could get to know her. They gaze deeply into each others' eyes, and instantly they feel a passion burning that can not be hidden. Prospero expects this to happen, but he doesn't cast any spells. Ferdinand does physical labor to prove that he is in love with Miranda. This shows the power of love; love can make people do a lot of strange things, so can guilt. When one feels guilty he/she feels as if they have treated somebody very badly and the should try to change the way people look at them. Prospero takes his magic away for good when he feels guilty for Alonso's crew. Ariel asks about Prospero's feelings for the things that he did to the crew. When Prospero says nothing, Ariel tells Prospero that he, himself, would feel if he could, but because Ariel is made nothing but flesh and bones with no soul, he has no idea how it feels to treat people bad. Ariel can see how Alonso's crew feels, but Ariel has no concept of feelings so he can't tell Prospero that it is wrong to do what Prospero is doing to Alonso's crew. This makes Prospero feel very bad for the way he treated Alonso's crew and he decides to come out and show them who he is. Prospero turns all of his magic "off" and tells Alonso's crew who he is. Prospero does this because he feels bad for the way he treated Alonso's...

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