Examine the Ways in Which Shakespeare Makes Dramatic Use of Deception and Trickery in the Tempest.

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Shakespeare and Marlowe use trickery and deception to present their characters with certain qualities. Prospero is presented as powerful and vengeful at the beginning by conjuring the tempest using magic to trick the characters on board. Throughout the play he becomes wiser and leans the values of forgiveness of those who have deceived him. Faustus is a character that is put in the position of power and doesn’t use it for valid purposes. He’s useless tricks display vanity and indicate his wastefulness to the audience. The Tempest is a problem play; Prospero is presented with the opportunity for spiteful revenge but realises the importance of forgiveness. Doctor Faustus is a morality play; he never realises the importance of repentance and banishes any opportunity to save himself, which results in his eternal damnation in hell. In the first act of the play, the audience is confronted with a magic fuelled spectacle. We see Prospero with the help or Ariel conjures the tempest. We learn that Prospero has no intention of harming the characters on board, when he says to Miranda ‘there’s no harm done’. This blunt declarative has the ability to easily deceive and he doesn’t explain the reasons behind the storm. This first scene illuminates Prospero’s shallow trick just to frighten those who have wronged him. Although, this could be viewed as justice for him and his daughter being unlawfully marooned on the island and stripped of his dukedom. This act could be justified by this. On the other hand, Faustus’ tricks are never justified and do not contain any real meaning. He uses is 24 years wastefully, traveling the world and not fulfilling any of his original ambitions he wanted to fulfil with his use of power granted by the devil. In act three scene one, him and Mephostophilis travel to Rome to play a tedious trick against the Pope. The audience could see this as a cheap
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