Homicidal Tempest

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Except for the most obvious one, residing in the gap between Miranda's innocence and our knowledge that some of these beauties are attempted homicdes" (Miko 375).

Miko mentions other characters when he talks about attempted homicides but I thought of Prospero. Yeah we know that he didn't kill anyone on the ship, he brought them safely to sure and even made sure their clothes were all nice and fresh but he could have easily killed everyone on that boat. You have to wonder why he didn't, that would have been his ultimate revenge if you think about it. He would have gotten rid of the brother that cast him out and then he could have easily had the ship repaired and could have easily sailed away, never even thinking twice about anything.

"Does this play have loose ends or not?" (Miko 375).

I think this play does have loose ends even though Miko argues that it doesn't. Yeah Prospero and his buddies go sailing away at the end but what about Caliban, nothing is ever really resolved in his story line. Does he rule the island now that he's on his own? Now that Prospero is gone he can do whatever he wants, he can live in their little castle or whatever it was that Prospero and Mariah lived in, he no longer has to be a slave. What about the two guys that are still bad when they sail away, nothing about them is changed. They knew that Prospero had magic (even though he gave it up at the end) they could have made him get it back and do things their way. The audience, ok me, has to wonder if things will go the way the are supposed to once they get back. Prospero's brother could easily change is mind even though I doubt it. The other reason I think that this play has loose ends is that I have heard several times that this play was never even finished, supposedly this was the last or one of the last plays that Shakespeare did. Maybe he didn't want to finish it.

"The creation of dream states for moral psychotherapy. The magic lore that creeps into the play is capable of causing embarrassment both to those who prefer the notion that they all just dreamt the tempest and the transportations and those who say magic is magic" (Miko 376).

Even though we know this play isn't a dream, why couldn't it be? First many of Shakespeare's plays did involve dreams, Taming of the Shrew is a play within a dream. But it the dream thing makes sense. Prospero could easily dreaming about he would love to reconcile with this brother, see his daughter fall in love with a great guy, and have spirits and other creatures running around to do his every little wish. I'm sure you are wondering how the bad guys would fit in then if this is a dream. Well, the world isn't perfect for one thing. The bad guys also would be used to make Prospero look good.

"Prospero's power does not extend to minds or souls, so we may wonder how much external manipulation can touch natural evil" (Miko 377).

I think it's so interesting that the characters in this play change only because they are good. I'm wondering if because they are good it makes them want to change. Also the magic never really seems to teach any lessons, I mean the bad guys don't learn anything thus there really isn't any reason for them to change. I think the magic can only be used to create a situation (a manipulative situation obviously) that causes change.

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