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Using Act I, scene 2 and Act V, scene 1 how do these extracts suggest that magic can be...

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zaid17 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 21, 2007 at 3:49 AM via web

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Using Act I, scene 2 and Act V, scene 1 how do these extracts suggest that magic can be used for both good and evil purpses?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 21, 2007 at 9:15 AM (Answer #1)

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In Act I, scene 2, Prospero explains that he used his magic to create a storm (which we saw in scene 1), which was terrible in itself but which is used for good ends: to reach/create justice for Prospero and Miranda by revenging himself on the king and duke.

In Act V, scene 1, Prospero has Ariel bring forth magic music to calm the visitors to the island and sooth their minds.

To be honest, I'm not sure that either shows pure good or pure evil, but rather, a search for justice via revenge and a willingness to show compassion via magic.

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