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 My Essay on The Tempest: Who is the real monster? (For school, I want a good grade xD)

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PostSubject: My Essay on The Tempest: Who is the real monster? (For school, I want a good grade xD)   Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:20 am

The true monster of The Tempest.


Before I begin, I must first define the word: Monster. As it can describe many people, or objects. The word itself has three meanings, all I shall list.

  • A large, ugly, and frightening imaginary creature.
    An inhumanly cruel or wicked person.
    Humorous, a rude or badly behaved person.


As you can see, all three, very different definitions of the word, Monster. And many characters in some description from The Tempest can relate to these.

Firstly, 'A large, Ugly, and frightening imaginary creature' can only be described as Caliban. Although imaginary in the sense of, only ones imagination can create such a beast. His description is the sort of nightmares and horror, fitting into the category of 'frightening'.

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PostSubject: Re: My Essay on The Tempest: Who is the real monster? (For school, I want a good grade xD)   Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:48 am

That one is what I did first. This is the finished draft:

The true monster of The Tempest.


Before I begin, I must first define the word: Monster. As it can describe many people, or objects. The word itself has three meanings, all I shall list:

  • A large, ugly, and frightening imaginary creature.

  • An inhumanly cruel or wicked person.

  • A rude or badly behaved person.


As you can see, all three, very different definitions of the word, Monster. And many characters in some description from The Tempest can relate to these.

Firstly, 'A large, Ugly, and frightening imaginary creature' can only be described as Caliban. Although imaginary in the sense of, only ones imagination can create such a beast. His description is the sort of nightmares and horror, fitting into the category of 'frightening'. However, characters such as Miranda for instance cannot be described in this way, as she portrays the beauty and innocence of the play.

Secondly, 'An inhumanly cruel or wicked person' may be an effective way to describe Prospero. I say this due to the fact he uses cruel words and his wikid powers to frighten others into doing what he wants. He is wikid in the cunning aspect of situations also. As, with Ariel, Prospero calls her/him 'Spirit' instead of by their name. He does this in general when speaking with Ariel, but when Prospero has discovered Ariel has done what Prospero has asked to a T, then suddenly Properso is calling Ariel by his/her name. This also occurs when Prospero is asking something of Ariel, taking on the 'Teenage girl' approach.

Properso also uses his cruel and wikid words to destroy characters under his control such as Ariel. The spirit merely asked a question on their freedom, and when it would be granted, to have their whole active and happy characteristics shrunk. Destroying Ariel by words, not necessarily actions.

Prospero couldn't possibly be placed into the category of 'A large, ugly, and frightening imaginary creature' as due to the simple fact his appearance doesn't portray such a description. He merely looks like a kind, wise man, until they witness his cruel personality.
A character such as Ariel couldn't be described as inhumanly cruel or wikid in the sense that Prospero is, yet Ariel does show a wikid side. As he/she often torments Caliban whilst if he does not do his work, although there may be a reason to the torment, is is still cruel.

Thirdly, 'A rude or badly behaved person' can, yet again, be described as Caliban, as he often submits rude comments to Prospero, as well as not doing as he is told. This, from Calibans perspective is understandable, as the island was initially his mothers, but was taken away from him by Prospero. So it was as if a guest were telling the host what to do, and how to do it. Ordering him around in his own home. Despite Caliban's refusal to do as he is told, Prospero presses on and serves painful punishments until Caliban agrees. Caliban would then do the work, but to the slowest rate, and worst of his ability.
Many characters cannot be described in this way such as Ariel, as he/she has always done as he/she was told, to earn his/her freedom, something he/she and the rest of the spirits have craved.

Although Caliban has the descriptions to label him as a monster, I feel Prospero is the true monster, as he does all he can to make people do what he wants to exactly how he describes it, just for the reason of their given 'wage' at the end of it all, like freedom in Ariel's case. Prospero goes back on his word when Ariel asks about his/her freedom, saying he would extend the days, and even imprison Ariel, in the way Sycorax had.

During the end of the play, it appears Prospero has 'changed his ways' as he now treats everyone with respect, but it seems the change is almost instant. I feel this is unlikely as he would still carry traits of his previous self, and possibly use them, even if he doesn't acknowledge then at the time. Proving, Prospero is a prone liar, making everyone see he isn't such a 'monster' and he could change, which would fall back to his wikid ways in a sense.

To conclude, I feel Prospero is the true monster of The Tempest, despite not being a large, ugly, frightening imaginary creature, as well as a rude or badly behaved person, he is still wikid and inhumanly cruel to those around him. All despite Miranda. Although his claims to have changed were made apparent during the end of the play, he had still destroyed Ariel's opinion of himself, in a sense due to the mountainous speech he gave on how magnificent Prospero was compared to Ariel. Prospero may not seem like a large, ugly, and frightening imaginary creature on the outside, but he is very much so inside.
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