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WAS GONZALO PRAISING OR BEING SARCASTIC TO THE BOATSWAIN?



Gonzalo may be praising the Boatswain, as he was the only one in the situation that could save
their lives. They had the King aboard and Gonzalo decided to keep quiet for the sake of protecting
the King. Also, he praised the Boatswain in order to calm him down. Considering that he is a
councillor, he had to play his part in calming down and seek for peace, not to break out a fight.
Gonzalo wanted to get rid of the tension between him and the Boatswain. His nature side of a
councillor may understand that when chaos ensues, the Boatswain was in panic and concealed it
by taking it out on the guests. Gonzalo understood why the Boatswain acted that way as inevitably
people will act panicky in chaos. Perhaps, the Boatswain was under tension to the fact that he was
under control of saving both the boat and the people on board including himself. Considering his
rigidity, the guests were blocking him and this adds up his level of frustration. Gonzalo was
helpless to the fact that the Boatswain had no choice but to play the role of a commander and this
meant that the Boatswain had the right to speak to him in that way as the Boatswain knew we was
the only key to survival. Also, the boatswain made a good point that the King could only control
people but not nature.


WAS PROSPERO ANGRY WITH HIS BROTHER, ALONSO OR TAKING IT OUT ON
MIRANDA?

I think that Prospero was taking it out on Miranda, as he wanted to express his anger towards his
brother, Alonso to Miranda. He wanted her to understand why he caused the shipwreck. He
explained to her fragile state of mind that it was for vengeance. Prospero has bottles up his
emotions of anger and despair for almost 12 years and he finally could release it all out on
someone, Miranda. She was the only people on the stranded island that he could talk to other than
himself. As he explained to Miranda about how his brother betrayed him, you could sense that his
anger is building up. The more he talked, the angrier he got. In a sense, he is oblivious to the fact
that he is actually taking it out on poor and confused Miranda. Prospero being a good brother gave
his position of the Duke of Milan to his brother, Alonso, as he wanted to further his studies in his
art if magic. Unexpectedly, Alonso deceived him and overthrew Prospero by sending him off to
the stranded island that they were on. Feasibly, Prospero was telling Miranda about the past so that
she would not be empathic towards the shipwreck and the people on board.