An analysis of the characters of the tempest

Miranda Prospero's only daughter, and so young that she cannot remember anyone she knew before she came to the island. Gonzalo is optimistic, good-tempered, and loyal; he is one of the unquestionably good characters in the play, with no apparent dark side in him. For the brief span of the play, Ferdinand is completely lovelorn and presumed dead by his father because they are separated during the shipwreck; out of his infatuation with Miranda, he agrees to become Prospero's servant for a span.

Another example of Prospero's goodness is when he stops Alonso from apologizing to Miranda, telling him that there is no need for more amends.

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Read an in-depth analysis of Caliban. And he seems surprised but not stunned when he awakens from a long sleep at the end of the play. He blames his decision to marry his daughter to the Prince of Tunis on the apparent death of his son.

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Retrieved January 11, Boatswain The ship's petty officer. Iris, Ceres, and Juno are goddesses from Roman myth; Iris is goddess of the rainbow, Ceres presides over agriculture, and Juno is queen of the gods. Read an in-depth analysis of Miranda. Prospero has spent his twelve years on the island refining the magic that gives him the power he needs to punish and forgive his enemies. In addition, after the magical banquet, he regrets his role in the usurping of Prospero. Ariel A spirit of the air, he assists Prospero in seeking retribution over his enemies. He is easily persuaded to kill his brother in Act II, scene i, and he initiates the ridiculous story about lions when Gonzalo catches him with his sword drawn. His assertion of his authority angers the courtiers, especially Antonio and Sebastian. Read an in-depth analysis of Caliban. He is mischievous and ubiquitous, able to traverse the length of the island in an instant and to change shapes at will.

Alonso's butler. He provides a sense of hope and optimism when Ferdinand is lost. He arrives on the island drunk and quickly becomes involved in a plot to murder Prospero.

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When Caliban meets him, he immediately dislikes him and his inebriated insults; but, Trinculo does become a part of Caliban's plan to murder Prospero and take over the island, though Trinculo proves completely ineffective in this.

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The Tempest Character Analysis