How Does the Relationship Between Prospero and Ariel Change During the Tempest

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How Does the Relationship between Prospero and Ariel Change During The Tempest

The tempest is the last play Shakespeare wrote. The play is simply about a man who was taken away from his dukedom, and was cast on an island. Of course this man is Prospero who has magical powers. Prospero eventually gives up his powers and I believe this is a representation of Shakespeare of his writing and the end of his work. All though the tempest is an unusually short play by Elizabethan standards, yet it continually gives the impression of being much bigger than it actually is. Like an iceberg, it conceals most of its bulk beneath the surface. So as you can imagine the impact of this play and the deep meaning of it. The main subject of this essay I will
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Most people view this as Prospero being a kind master. All though seeing that he just yelled at him for asking for freedom, I think this is a trick to just get Ariel to be more devoted to work for him.

Then later in the play we see that he slowly opens up to Ariel. There is still a master and slave persona, but we see that he counts Ariel more then just as a slave for he actually asks Ariel for his opinion which you would not do that if the person was lower than you Prospero asks “Dost thou think so, spirit?” and Ariel replies with “Mine would, sir, were I human”. This means that Prospero likes Ariel; he is also using soft words towards him. They aren’t harsh words but soft and gentle. When Ariel replies, he says that if he were human your words would have such power or me to make me tremble etc. I believe this shows the great bond between them that even though Ariel is a spirit he can relate to the humans because of the power of Prospero’s story.
This leads me to my next point that Prospero speaks to Ariel much softer. Prospero says “Come with a thought, I thank thee, Ariel. Come!” and “This was well done, my bird”
So as we can see that he is no longer calling Ariel as a slave and as ownership but his bird which is like a pet which you love and take care, we know that he means this because he says “I thank thee”. Prospero has never said thank you to Ariel before. This shows that he is finding that he needs Ariel