Family Relationships In The Tempest

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How are family relationships explored in any two texts studied on the module?

Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis vs Shakespeare, The Tempest.

The relationship between Prospero and Miranda is established immediately on the characters entrance where Miranda quotes “My dearest father” (William Shakespeare, 2008. The Tempest: The Oxford Shakespeare The Tempest (The Oxford Shakespeare: Oxfords World 's Classics). P.101, Reprint Edition. Oxford University Press.) and as this scene continues over the next few pages, we explore into their relationship as father and daughter more. However, in Metamorphosis, Gregor is introduced before his father. His father is only mentioned at the beginning of the novella on page 95 (Franz Kafka, 2009. Metamorphosis and
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Trust is a main theme between Miranda and Prospero’s relationship. We see this first in the opening scene with Miranda and Prospero when they are stood on the island looking at the shipwreck as Miranda questions her father; “You have put the wild waters in this roar, allay them” (William Shakespeare, 2008. The Tempest: The Oxford Shakespeare The Tempest (The Oxford Shakespeare: Oxfords World 's Classics). P.101, Reprint Edition. Oxford University Press.) This conveys that Miranda believes her father started the horrific storm, questioning his trust. There are many points throughout this play that Shakespeare shows how Prospero is very much in power of Miranda. One being; “I have done nothing but in care of thee, of thee, my dear one, thee, my daughter, who art ignorant of what thou art; naught knowing…” (William Shakespeare, 2008. The Tempest: The Oxford Shakespeare The Tempest (The Oxford Shakespeare: Oxfords World 's Classics). P.102, Reprint Edition. Oxford University Press.) Shakespeare has explored the father/daughter relationship between these characters right at the beginning and the reader is able to establish that Prospero is hurt by the fact his daughter who he dearly loves, does not trust him. Their relationship is very loving and you see that Miranda is the apple of Prospero’s eye even from their first entrance. However,…show more content…
Gregor’s very obvious transformation into a giant cockroach in Metamorphosis and Prospero’s transformation in The Tempest. Although the transformation does not happen to Prospero personally, Shakespeare has still explored the elements of metamorphosis whereas Kafka has based the whole text on a transformation and Gregor’s transformation influences the transformation of his family because before he transforms, his family are entirely dependent on him as he is bringing the money in whereas after his transformation, he is dependent on his family. Kafka shows the family relationship deteriorate as the text goes on, he makes Gregor’s family begin to hate him when Gregor still cares about their feelings. This is similar to The Tempest, as the play goes on, we see that Miranda does in fact respect her father despite maybe not trusting him as much as he’d like. The power and hold he has over her is shown very clearly by Shakespeare. Prospero quotes “obey, and be attentive” (William Shakespeare, 2008. The Tempest: The Oxford Shakespeare The Tempest (The Oxford Shakespeare: Oxfords World 's Classics). P.103, Reprint Edition. Oxford University Press.) This shows that he is a very demanding father figure and when Miranda replies “certainly sir, I can” (William Shakespeare, 2008. The Tempest: The Oxford Shakespeare The Tempest (The Oxford Shakespeare: Oxfords World 's Classics). P.103, Reprint Edition. Oxford University Press.) It shows
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