How can The Tempest be seen in political terms—contrasting monarchy and democracy?

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This is a very interesting question. The island where The Tempest takes place is definitely more monarchical than democratic. Prospero is in charge even though he rules over very few people: Miranda (his daughter), Ariel and Caliban. But one could argue that as the play goes on even Prospero becomes more democratic, paying attention to the needs and desires of his daughter, giving others a vote, if you will. Fun question.

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