How Does Shakespeare Present Parent/Child Relationships in ‘the Tempest’?

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How Does Shakespeare Present Parent/Child Relationships in ‘The Tempest’? In 'The Tempest' Shakespeare presents parent and child relationships as an emotional process that eventually ends in a sacrifice, leaving the parent and child happy. Through the characters of Miranda and Prospero, Shakespeare shows that for parents to make their children happy they need to sacrifice what they like but can live without. Shakespeare demonstrates this in Act 1 Scene 2, when Prospero is taking to Miranda about how and why they are on the island. This is the first time you are introduced to Prospero, and he seems like a loving father towards Miranda, although at some points he takes advantage of Miranda's innocence…show more content…
Although, he acts like she is an inanimate object that can be just given away. This could demonstrate Prospero and Miranda’s lack of relationship, as he doesn’t treat her like a father should treat his daughter. Nevertheless, when Prospero says, “If thou dost break her virgin-knot… No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fall to make this contract grow,” it could promote the possibility of Prospero becoming the overprotective father is naturally is. Near the end of Act 4 Scene 1, we meet Prospero, Miranda and Ferdinand talking to each other again. In this part Prospero becomes almost like a different character, as we haven’t seen this side to him. He becomes mindful, courteous and wistful towards Miranda and Ferdinand’s relationship. This could be Prospero making a breakthrough with his and Miranda’s relationship, as he seems to have forgotten about his enemies, or he could have thought about the situation into more depth, and could be using Miranda’s naivety and innocents, to his advantage as a way to get back to his dukedom, or a direct placement to the throne. Throughout Act 5 Scene 1, Shakespeare exposes Prospero as the ultimate loving father once he sacrifices his powers, the island and Ariel in order for Miranda to marry Ferdinand and be happy, and to travel back to Milan with everyone. Ferdinand is a link

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