What conflicts take place in The Tempest?Kindly make the answers specific.

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teachertaylor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

A major conflict that takes place in The Tempest is the tension between Prospero and Antonio.  Prospero was once the Duke of Milan; however, Antonio usurped his brother from power, forcing Prospero to exile himself and Miranda to the island.  Prospero is also angry with Alonso because Alonso aided Antonio in his wrongdoing.  Prospero wants justice for himself, and this is one of the reasons why he has Ariel create the storm to run Alonso's boat ashore.

Another conflict in the play revolves around Caliban's hatred for Prospero.  When he arrived on the island, Prospero killed Caliban's mother Sycorax and took over control of the island.  Caliban feels that Prospero is intruding on his homeland and sees no reason why he should be slave to Prospero.  When Caliban meets Trinculo and Stephano, he vows to work for them instead of Prospero and the three make a plan to kill Prospero and take over the island.

janihash24 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since conflict is the root of drama, there are conflicts throughout The Tempest. Prospero is in conflict with his slave Caliban, who plots to overthrow and murder him, with his daughter Miranda over her love for Ferdinand (although this is really a sham conflict, as he is only using it to test the strength of Ferdinand's love), and with Ferdinand himself for holding him a prisoner and forcing him to do manual labor. He is also in conflict with his sprite Ariel over how much longer Ariel's bondage will continue, and, of course, with his usurping brother Antonio, who is the cause of Prospero and Miranda's exile to the island.

There is also comic conflict, as the drunken sailors Trinculo and Stephano fight with each other and with Caliban (egged on by Ariel's spells).

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