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Compassion and Competence in Shakespeare’s The Tempest
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This thesis aims to provide a more justifiable interpretation of Prospero by bringing the issue of compassion and competence into discussion. The thesis proposes that powerful as they are, magical and political powers should be guided under a good intention. When demonstrating his competence under the guidance of compassion, Prospero achieves the essence of a good duke.
The thesis first gives a brief review of former approaches in viewing Prospero, and further brings out the issue of magic in the play that has appeared in past criticism. The second chapter introduces magic in Shakespeare’s time and the tight connection between magic and the authority. This chapter later provides a detailed analysis of political power and Prospero’s magic, which are defined as competence in the thesis. This chapter points out the similarities shared by these two powers and also their limitations. Continuing the discussion of the second chapter, the third chapter discusses how compassion is portrayed in the play, how it is related to Prospero, and the significance it possesses when being related to powers. Compassion and competence are brought together in the fourth chapter, which proposes that the later should be governed under the former. The argument is further strengthened by Erasmus’ concerns of a good sovereign. The last chapter brings new perspectives from the former approaches in seeing Prospero, and thus renders a more justifiable position in understanding this powerful magician.
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