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A 3 page internal analysis of William Shakespeare’s final play, and how it continues to speak to contemporary audiences and readers. No additional sources are used.
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storm the Bard saw brewing over the horizon as colonialism expanded the boundaries of civilization into primitive territories. This set a volatile stage for clashes between civilization and nature,
justice and injustice, good and evil, with man standing at the center of the conflict. This is a deeply philosophical work that considers whether the ideal civilization can exist
in Milan, where individuals are easily corrupted by power and greed, or if a utopian society is little more than an illusion that can only exist on a remote desert
island that is controlled by magic rather than the acts of men. Prospero and his young daughter Miranda have lived in their island retreat since becoming shipwrecked a dozen years
earlier. After his brother Antonio and his co-conspirator Sebastian (the brother of King Alonso of Naples) stole his title Duke of Milan, Prospero was essentially a man without an
identity. He sought a kind of spiritual and intellectual rebirth through study and by becoming a practitioner of white magic. He has created his own perfect image of
what the world should be, and has attempted to remove from the picture any semblance of evil, which includes educating the creature, Caliban, son of the witch Sycorax. Miranda
retains a childlike innocence as a result of her idyllic existence, but at the same time she appears to possess a wisdom that goes beyond her years. Her observation,
"How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world" (V.i.207) alludes to the renewal of faith that remains steadfast despite the continuing presence of evil (in the form of Caliban). When
another shipwreck brings Prospero face to face with the men that conspired against him, he gets to exact his own justice by imprisoning them. He is not about to