William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

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Prospero repeatedly says that he is relinquishing his magic, but its presence pervades the scene. He enters in his magic robes and brings Alonso and the others into a charmed circle and holds them there. Once he releases them from the spell, he makes the magician-like spectacle of unveiling Miranda and Ferdinand behind a curtain, playing chess. His last words of the play proper are a command to Ariel to ensure for him a safe voyage home. Only in the epilogue, when he is alone on-stage, does Prospero announce definitively that his charms are “all o’erthrown” (epilogue.1). Through the use of the narration from Prospero himself and the use of rhyming, I believe Prospero successfully proves to the crowd that he is in fact truly sorry for being power hungry and asks for forgiveness from the audience.
When Prospero passes judgment on his enemies in the final scene, we are no longer put off by his power, both because his love for Miranda has humanized him to a great extent, and because we now can see that, over the course of the play, his judgments generally have been justified. Gonzalo is an “honorable man” (5.1.71); Alonso treats Prospero “most cruelly” (V.i.81); and Antonio is an “unnatural” brother (5.1.89). Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo led in sheepishly in their stolen apparel and are so foolish as to deserve punishment. Prospero’s command that they “trim” his cell “handsomely” (5.1.350) in preparation for the evening’s revels seems mild. Accusing his enemies neither more
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