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A 5 page paper which examines the acts of magic and artistic creation as it relates to the character of Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
5 pages (~225 words per page)
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t his story Prospero is a man who has been cast away on an island with his daughter for many years. He has developed his skills as a man of
magic and as such takes an opportunity to seek revenge when a ship comes near. The ship carries some individuals responsible for his being cast out. The following paper examines
and analyzes the character of Prospero as it involves elements of magic and creation narrative. Prospero in Shakespeares The Tempest The
student requesting this paper notes that the notion of creation, in this case, is not like the creation seen in the Bible but rather an artistic creation as it relates
to storytelling and the creation of the character himself, from his own perspective, much like an invention of an individual. The student
also notes that Prospero is a man immersed in magic and his magic, and use of magic, can well serve as a metaphor regarding Prosperos gift of storytelling and poetry,
which leads many critics and scholars to examine Prospero as reflective or symbolic of Shakespeare himself. Bearing that in mind the focus is on Prosperos closing monologue and how it
relates to issues of magic and creation, and the identity of Prospero/Shakespeare. In examining this perspective the opinions and analyses of various authors are considered. One author notes that Prospero
is a man who demonstrates, in some cases, "subtle distortions of the truth" (Bolton 4). While the article is not necessarily discussing the closing oration of Prospero it is an
important fact to note when considering the character of Prospero and the association he has, or may have, with Shakespeare himself. As a storyteller and a poet there are