The Theme Of Freedom Versus. C

Explore the theme of Freedom versus Control in the Tempest.
The Tempest is a play that explores many themes, one of which is the theme of freedom versus control. We can explore this theme by examining the characters in the play. Throughout the play there are countless examples of power and authority through control, and the desire for freedom echoing strongly along with this is emphasised in many of the characters. All the characters in the play suffer some sort of incarceration before they are free.
For a start, the characters in The Tempest are all on an island of which they have no control over. Prospero and Miranda are exiled there after Antonio usurps his position of Duke of Milan; ...

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howled away twelve winters.

Prospero here is informing Ariel that if she dares to question is authority again, he will imprison her in an oak tree for twelve years. Ariel, longing for her freedom, agrees to run errands for Prospero in order for him to gain control and be free, through his plans of uniting Miranda and Ferdinand. Throughout the play, references are made by Prospero that Ariel shall soon be free as long as she carries out his instructions. (Act 4 Scene 1):

Shortly shall all my labours end, and thou
Shalt have the air at freedom. For a little Follow, and do me service.

Prospero has also enslaved Caliban even though he states that the island is rightfully his by his mother, Sycorax. In Act 1 Caliban tells Prospero how he showed him all the good things on the island, and in return he imprisoned him. However Prospero accuses him of trying to rape Miranda, so therefore he should be a slave. In the theme freedom versus control, Caliban ...

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her virgin-knot before marriage, Miranda will no longer be his.

In The Tempest, especially in Act 1, some characters are challenging the control that others have over them, and demand for their freedom. The Boatswain orders the king and courtiers to leave the deck and confines all the sailors underneath there. Prospero is angry at being overthrown by Antonio and conspires to change it, through his control over Ariel, who questions his right of having her as a slave. Caliban, too, questions his imprisonment, and Prospero accuses Ferdinand of stealing the island.

Gonzalo has his own version of what freedom should be, and he states it in Act 2, Scene 1, that he believes that men and ...

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