The Tempest is a late romance, which is a mixture of comedy and
tragedy and during the play Shakespeare puts across his Church of
England views on usurpation.
Before we discuss how Shakespeare ensures that the theme of usurpation
and its consequences runs throughout The Tempest, we need to define
the meaning of the term usurpation. Usurpation is when someone
wrongfully seizes/assumes the power or the throne. An example of
usurpation was when Napoleon usurped/seized the power from Louis XVI.
The main plot of the play is to do with Prospero seeking revenge on
his brother for taking his place as the Duke of Milan and leaving him
and his daughter Miranda adrift in a boat to die. Prospero wants order
to be restored and for him to be back as the Duke of Milan.
During the play there are also two subplots involving a couple of
people wanting to usurp the King of Naples and a group of three people
wishing to usurp Prospero.
Some aspects of the idea of usurpation occurs in nearly every scene in
the Shakespeare's play "The Tempest" The theme also occurs in a verity
of different circumstances and between different groups of people all
wanting to overthrow the rightful person for there own benefit. The
main way that Shakespeare has ensured that the theme of usurpation
runs throughout the play is through repetition.
The first usurpation's started way before the play began. For example
his own brother Antonio usurped Prospero the rightful Duke of Milan;
also Prospero usurped the island from Caliban for when Sycorax his
mother died the island became his. There is proof of thi...
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... that if he were king there would be no
If there were no king the country would be in chaos for there would be
no one to stop power hungry men from taking over and ruling
themselves, there would be no one to protect the country from war, a
civil war would almost immediately brake out between those who want to
rule the country and there would be nobody to say what's right and
Overall the play has very traditional and Christian values for example
there is and empathises on the chain of being and that Machiavelli's
idea is completely wrong. Also the Christian view of forgiveness is
also empathised in the play through Prospero when he forgives his
brothers wrong doings although his brother did not apologise and was
The play ended with order being restored just like in a tragedy.
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