The Tempest is about reconciliation not power. Amanda Geddes 6S The Tempest • The tempest itself, a demonstration of Prospero’s magical powers and sets the whole play in motion. • ‘If by your art, my dearest father, you have Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.’- Act1:2 Lines 1-2 • It is a demonstration to the audience of the powers Propero has command over. It is also a lie since it was conjured by Ariel, a spirit in service to Prospero Dukedom of Milan • T o regain his dukedom of Milan Prospero uses his powers over magic and Ariel to bring Alonso, Antonio and the rest before him. • ‘But you, my brace of lords, were I so minded I here could pluck his highness’ frown upon you And justify you traitors. At this time I will tell no tales.’Act 5:1 129-132 Relationship of Ferdinand and Miranda • Prospero has the power to set the relationship in a course he sees fit. • ‘It goes on, I see, As my soul prompts it.’-Act 1:2 418-419 • ‘They are both in either’s powers, but this swift buisness I must uneasy make, lest too light winning Make the prize light.’ Act 1:2 449-452 • He sets Ferdinand to work carrying logs, making him work for Miranda and shows him that Miranda is a prize to be earned. Power over others • Prospero binds Ariel and Caliban to his will, holding them in his power. • ‘If thou more nurmur’st, I will rend an oak And peg thee in his knotty entrails till Thou hast Howled away twelve winters.’-Prosero Act 1:2 295-297 • ‘I must obey. His art is of such power, It would control my dam’s god Setebos, And would make a vassal of him.’-Caliban Act 1:2 373-375 Quest for power • Antonio longs for more power and plots to murder Alonso, King of Naples, and convinces Sebastian, Alonso’s brother, to help him and become the next King of Naples. • ‘Th’occasion speaks thee, and My strong imagination sees a crown Dropping upom thy head.’ Antonio Act 2:1 6-7 • ‘Draw thy sword. One stroke Shall free thee from the tribute which thou payest, And I the King shall love thee.’ Sebatian Act 2:1 292-294 • Antonio’s plan to put Sebastian on the throne comes from his desire to no longer pay tribute to Naples.