Prospero was once the ruler of Milan, but he has been trapped on an island with his daughter for 12 years. When he uses his magic to create a violent storm, we see that he has a plan for his enemies.


The Tempest is thought to be Shakespeare’s last play, and his most original. It needed clever work to create the illusion of magic on stage, like early 'special effects'!

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Why do you think Prospero gives up his magic at the end of the story?


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matildae 12 March, 2016 - 14:47

I think he gives up him magic because he won't need it anymore, once he and Antonio are friends again. Although I am a little bit skeptical, because I think if a crisis were to happen, Prospero may use his magic again.

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Ameno 10 March, 2016 - 18:19

He gave up on his magic because he only used it when something was wrong. Now that he can go back to Milan and start a new life he is ready to give up his magic because he won't need to protect himself at land as he had to on the island.

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LallareN 10 March, 2016 - 18:03

I think that since he is returning to Milan and everyone has forgiven eachother he doesn't need his magic anymore and gives it up.

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CheckpointKalle 10 March, 2016 - 12:34

I believe Prospero felt that he wanted to turn pages and start over with his life when he's finally going back to Milan. The magic would always remind him of the island and his brother's betrayal that put him and his daughter there. Now that he has forgiven his brother and trust him, he wants to leave the magic behind.

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lor123 9 March, 2016 - 16:09

I think Prospero gave up his magic because he didn't need it anymore. He used it as a form of protection whilst on the island, but in Italy he's safe and content because he made peace with his brother.

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Stinaj 8 March, 2016 - 20:51

I think that after finally making amends with his brother and planning to return to Milan, I think that Prospero finally felt that his life was in order, and therefore didn't need to use magic as a way to control everything around him.

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adde00 8 March, 2016 - 19:11

He only used his magic when something was wrong and needed a change. Now when everybody has forgiven each other and he is asked to come back to Milan and restore the order again he gives up the magic.

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ASHA 29 January, 2016 - 14:03

The best thing in this video is that How they give us the summary of novel in simple way thanks a lot

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PaxMundi 8 January, 2016 - 11:30

A slight correction if I may:
"who" in the following sentence has been replaced by "whom", since reference is made to Caliban (object) and not to Prospero (subject).

Together they sailed away to an island, where they lived for the next 12 years, along with a strange half-human called Caliban, whom Prospero has made his slave.

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JoEditor 8 January, 2016 - 13:39

Hi PaxMundi,
Many thanks for your comment. The new Shakespeare videos on the site were especially created with young people and learners of English in mind. We wanted to explain the stories using language that learners would easily understand. Also we wanted to keep the language quite informal. 
You make a very good point about the use of 'whom' but as it's only ever used in very formal language we decided to use 'who' which is more frequent in modern, spoken English. 
I hope you'll enjoy the other videos. Did you know there is a MOOC all about Shakespeare starting on Monday? If you're interested here's the link: you would be very welcome to join the course. 
Best wishes, Jo (LearnEnglish Teens Team) 

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poppymoore 8 January, 2016 - 06:04

Prospero used his magic only make the wrongdoers repent their mistakes and when the task is done and everyone gets what they deserve, there is no need for Prospero to use magic any more. Moreover his magic was very powerful and could lead to unnecessary destruction so it was best to abandon it.

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Silvermist 3 January, 2016 - 05:20

The right thing came to the right man in the end. In my opinion I think he used magic as a source to conjure up things when he didn't have them. Magic just creates an illusion, things that aren't there out of no where. So as order is restored, as he has forgiven his brother, and once again has the chance to rule and reunite Milan and also have his daughter wed Ferdinand, he might as well not have magic since he has the grasp of reality and whatever is necessary.
It all ends in a conclusion as to Prospero being a man of moral sense since the inevitable traits like forgiving his brother and the murderers, not trying to get revenge and patience and also the most inconsiderable trait of all- wisdom.
It's like all long in that island he has been living in a illusionary paradise and he is back to returning to reality.

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