It has a combination of superb characters, interesting settings, and a good plot lineall held together by the running theme of magic, and its ever- present importance. This book was the first major book to denounce witch-hunts and their ringleaders, and unquestionable the first book in English to actually hypothesize about the methods of these so-called witches. It contained one chapter of approximately twenty pages describing what we might view as unsophisticated, old-time magic tricks. Despite the fact that in retrospective analysis it is fairly clear that witches were nothing more that magicians with a slightly different presentation, audiences were not always aware of and those that were, were rarely convinced bythe two aforementioned texts. Witches were still persecuted and witch-hunts did not actually stop until the end of the seventeenth century. However, when Prospero relinquished his powers at the end of the play, those that did believe in the witch-hunts were satisfied.
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The entire plot of this play is very reliant on the supernatural. Prospero, Ariel, and Caliban all have magical powers. Magic lets these characters, mainly Prospero, manipulate the other characters and make them do their bidding. Magic also maneuvers the plot, relationships, love and themes of the play. Magic is the motivation behind movement and plot development.
Beyond plot points and themes, even the language in this play is particularly magical. As a major theme, magic in " The Tempest " takes many different forms and is used to achieve a number of goals throughout the play. The play opens with a theatrical demonstration of his abilities, and as we are introduced to other characters on the island, we learn that Prospero has used his magic as a way of establishing himself as a kind of ruler.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Magic is an important part of this play because not only does it literally give Prospero his revenge but it also shows who has power and who does not have power. Shakespeare uses the magic to engage his audience and to almost make the audience believe that magic does really exist. The characters are affected by many different types of magic in many different ways. The character in the play with the most control over magic is Prospero.