The play begins with Prospero having a set lesson plan for his island. He also makes sure that the nobles (Alonzo, Sebastian, and Antonio) who were against him will not be forgotten and thus creating a sense of fear and authoritativeness right at the start. Most of The Tempest has to do with the re-education of the central characters by Prospero. Prospero used magic and other liberal art ideas (music, festivities etc) to control the locals of the island. These methods are a part of his larger educational plan. Given these methods, Prospero has a dilemma – a choice between studying liberal arts and effective management. “And Prospero the prime duke, being so reputed/ In dignity, and for the liberal / Without a parallel; those being all my study,/ The government I cast upon my brother,/ And to my state grew stranger, being transported/ And rapt in secret studies.” (I, ii, 72-77) Instead of giving ...
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...teacher is always right and accepting this at the soonest made the students’ life of learning pleasurable or one that was like that of Caliban, learning out of fear and hence being rebellious. Each idea lacks certain aspects and therefore there is no perfect idea, and if there were a perfect idea, according to Plato, it would be education itself. Willingness to learn seems to be the way in which we can move towards the ideal form of education and be filled with Utopian virtue.
Macaulay, T. B. "Minute by the Hon'ble T. B. Macaulay, dated the 2nd February 1835." Selections from Educational Records, Part I (1781-1839) (1920/65): 107-117.
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Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. Ed. Stephen Orgel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.
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