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Prospero’s philosopher lacking
Shakespeake’s Tempest is a window into his idea of a utopia. The island serves as a place much like that of Plato’s Republic and Moore’s Utopia. But, Prospero, the leader of Shakespeare’s Tempest is not the same philosopher king that both Moore and Plato wished to rule their respective societies. Prospero lacks the philosophy and the wisdom that both Plato and Moore wanted to be instilled within their leaders.
Prospero’s treatment of his slave Ariel. Ariel is indebted to Prospero until six pm on this day. After all of the work Ariel had done for Prospero, the debt will finally be cleared. Ariel though is invisible to everyone, except Prospero and the audience. Prospero though, does not show any compassion for Ariel or Calaban. Prospero is only worried about his own self goals and not those of the people around him, or the Mariners whom wash up the Island’s shore.
Prospero’s lack of true leadership is the oppisite of what Plato and More wished for. Shakespeare shows the only
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Utopia that does not have a philosopher-type leader. He shows a leader that has faults, just like those of the people he is leading. Prospero is not like the philosopher king, because he is not wise in the same manner that Plato and More wished for.