What is Alonso's role in "The Tempest"?

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The father of Ferdinand, Alonso is also the King of Naples. He is representative of the rich and civilized society folk who wait aboard the ship after the storm. Alonso is also a villain, and while his men go mad around him, he stubbornly treks around the island,  dismayed by his son's fondness for Prospero's daughter. Alonso is eventually remorseful and begs forgiveness from Prospero.