The theme of power has some role in close to every book or story, The Tempest by William Shakespeare is not an exception.
Power is a wide conception, including the power of muscles, the power by the law and the power of love, all of them included in The Tempest.
I am going to investigate the theme of power in The Tempest.
What powers do different characters have, how do they use the powers and also what is the results of them using the power?
Miranda, the last character chosen to be analysed in the play, pretty much only have the power of love and relationships to use.
But sometimes the power of love and relationships is enough to get what you want, which is displayed in the play.
She the daughter of Prospero, which gives her some kind of advantages in the life on the island.
Together with her father she was banished to the Island they live on during the play at the age of three.
Since she is the daughter of the king she can argue with prospero without getting any bigger consequences which she does a lot in the play. This is seen repeatedly and the following is one example,
"Had I been any god of power, I would / Have sunk the sea within the earth or ere / It should the good ship so have swallow'd and / The fraughting souls within her." (Act 1, Sc 2)
Here is where Miranda speaks with Prospero and talks back to him about saving men out on the sea.
If this would’ve been Caliban talking to Prospero, he would’ve punished Caliban hard for talking back to him and questioning Prospero.
What’s interesting with the statement is that Miranda really displays the power that she has, being able to question the lord's actions and authority.
With the power of love she also manages to get control of Ferdinand, which is an another character in the play and the King of Naples.
It is truly love at first sight and they fall in deep love with each other, a man in love is a controlled man.
From the moment where Miranda declares here true love to Ferdinand she gains power of the man.
“at mine unworthiness, that dare not offer What I desire to give, and much less take What I shall die to want.
But this is trifling, And all the more it seeks to hide itself The bigger bulk it shows.
Hence, bashful cunning, And prompt me, plain and holy innocence. I am your wife, if you will marry me.
If not, I’ll die your maid. To be your fellow. You may deny me, but I’ll be your servant, Whether you will or no” (Act 3, Sc 1)