An Analysis of the Theme of Disguise and Political Corruption in The Tempest by William Shakespeare Cover Page: Prospero: Mark but the badges of these men, my lords, then say if they be true. This mis-shapen knave, His mother was a witch, and one so strong That could control the moon, make flows and ebbs, And deal in her command without her power. These three have robb’d me; and this demi-devil – For he’s a bastard one – had plotted with them To take my life. Two of these fellows you Must know and own; this thing of darkness I Acknowledge mine. (Shakespeare, The Tempest 5.1.267-276). Micro Analysis: Shakespeare brings forth the theme of disguise via political corruption in The Tempest in order to show the volatility of Prospero and Antonio...The end:
..... he has put aside political corruption and diabolical illusions aside for a just government in which he can know justly rule. With his motive to return to power satiated, Shakespeare’s play provides a means in which one can understand how political corruption and the use of disguise were major obstacles for Prospero involving his long stay on the island. In this manner, political corruption is extremely prevalent in the way disguise corrupts governments, as Antonio, Caliban, and others use treacherous means to overthrow a just ruler in favor of their own self serving and distorted usurpations. Works Cited Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. 2010. Shakespeare Online. 4 Aug. 2010 <http://www.shakespeare-online.com/plays/tempscenes.html>.