Having grown up on an island with only her father and Caliban for company, she is overwhelmed when she finally sees other humans and she responds rapturously:… Miranda reassures the young man that her father’s usually much nicer while Prospero whispers new commands to Ariel. He was usurped. Posted by Stephany Wegenast at 2:23 PM. MIR. He is a powerful magician who was once the Duke of Milan. In the play The Tempest, Prospero has a patriarchal hold over Miranda that keeps her from making her own decisions. Prospero and Miranda don't fit this traditional mold. But, in many twentieth-century productions, he has been played as a much more ambitious figure, harsh and demanding, impatient and deeply troubled. Personally I find that Ariel see’s that there is no use in questioning the matter further, Prospero is obviously unwilling at the moment, so Ariel tries to get on his good side again. I believe this because this isn’t the last time Ariel asks for his freedom. …beautiful and naive daughter of Prospero, the exiled rightful duke of Milan, in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (written c. 1611). Prospero was traditionally portrayed as a well-intentioned magician, a serene old man whose ‘project’ was to restore harmony and achieve reconciliation. If by your art, my dearest father, you have. Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them. O! Like a child would while being yelled at by a father. Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest. Opinions about him vary widely. (596 lines) Enter Prospero and Miranda. Email This BlogThis! The sky it seems would pour down stinking pitch, But that the sea, mounting to th’ welkin’s cheek, Dashes the fire out. The traditional father/daughter relationship is usually one of love and the daughter being spoiled and the father being OVER protective. As the play progresses Prospero seems to loosen his grip over her, as all fathers eventually do, so she can become her own person. Prospero is the central character of this play. Prospero: A Deceiving Father . Prospero is one of Shakespeare’s more enigmatic protagonists. He is a sympathetic character in that he was wronged by his usurping brother, but his absolute power over the other characters and his overwrought speeches make him difficult to like. 5 comments: KyVareberg November 4, 2010 at 2:56 PM.