The Rule Of An Unfit Ruler

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The Rule of an Unfit Ruler Aristotle one said, “He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.” The ideal ruler may vary according the individual preference of man and woman, but ultimately have similar characteristic inclinations for the desired leader. In William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the desire for power and leadership was a reoccurring theme throughout the play and the source of conflict between the characters. Shakespeare designed his characters so that they had very different personalities, with different perspectives of the ideal ruler and perfect utopia. Generally, characteristics of the ideal ruler include attributions such as forgiveness, equality for everyone, and freedom for the people. Prospero, the main character of the play and self- proclaimed ruler of the island in which he had been banished upon, lacked in many of the important characteristics of the ideal ruler. His form of rule does not fit the criteria of a good leader according to the inhabitants of the island, due to his lack of; forgiveness, equality towards everyone and freedom for his subjects. Forgiveness is an essential characteristic to possess for the ideal ruler because it allows the leader to set a good example to his or her subjects and allows for them to pardon the many mistakes or inappropriate behaviour that may occur. Prospero was a very vengeful individual who lacked in forgiveness for others. After 12 years spent on the island, Prospero had not forgotten how his

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