A Comparison of Characters in Macbeth and The Tempest Essay

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The main characters in a story all have very similar characteristics as the main characters in other stories. The main characters in Macbeth and Tempest are both faced with similar dilemmas that they solve in similar ways, yet each one had their own unique way of going about it. Prospero and Macbeth are both trying to proclaim their power as leader, or king, and they each have to figure out if they should, and how they should solve the problem. Macbeth and Prospero are both very important characters in the texts Macbeth and Tempest and share, but also differ, in some qualities and traits. Macbeth is a character that is persuaded easily by the people around him throughout the text Macbeth. Like many of Shakespeare’s characters, he is of …show more content…
Prospero is a character in the play Tempest who really sees what needs to be done, and does it without anyone else’s permission. Many readers believe that the play is about forgiveness, however Prospero doesn’t really play that part well throughout the course of the play. “Prospero feels free to forgive those who sinned against him only after he has emerged triumphant and has seen the men, now mournful and "penitent", pay for their transgressions.” (Solomon)It is obvious in some parts of the story that Prospero thinks that revenge is the answer, and although he may say that he forgives someone, he really doesn’t feel that way. “For you, most wicked sir, whom to call brother/Would even infect my mouth, I do forgive/Thy rankest fault, -- all of them; and require/My dukedom of thee, which perforce, I know,/Thou must restore.” (Act 5 Scene 1Lines 130-134) In these lines he is trying to tell Antonio that he forgives him, although you can tell that he doesn’t fully when he calls him ‘most wicked sir’. “Prospero is quite a foreboding character dealing out punishments and treating his servants with contempt, raising questions about his morality and fairness.” (Jamieson) Prospero finally in the end sets one of his servants free, because of a promise that was made long

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