Half-crazy artist He's the archetypal tortured genius. Prospero's insanity gives him a vivid imagination, and it is this crazy imagination that allows him to produce art. His artistic conceptions are imaginative and fascinating because of their weirdness, or "grotesqueness." Most of his work is on display in his palace on an island in the Mediterranean Sea. He lives there with his family, who tolerate his behavior because they need his talent.
Prospero is one of Shakespeare's most interesting characters. He was a successful painter before he became king of Naples, so he knows about creativity from both sides: as an artist and as a ruler. But even though he's a genius, he's also completely mad. He has two wives, one right after the other, and he kills them when they annoy him. He also throws his enemies into prison without charges. This all happens while he's still married to his first wife! No one dares to oppose him because they know how violent he can be.
But perhaps his greatest crime is forgetting his first love and marrying his second wife instead. She's a beautiful young woman named Miranda. When Prospero hears that her father, the Duke of Milan, has been killed, he goes to Milan to claim his daughter's hand in marriage. But the Duchess does not want to marry him; she likes Prospero very much but can't go against her husband's will.
Prospero is an odd artist figure—he may be insane—and everything at the masquerade party he organizes has the stamp of his strange but inventive craft. But while it's clear that this last project of his was done out of malice, we can't say the same for the paintings he made before then.
It's possible that he was sane enough not to hurt anyone, but since we never learn anything about his childhood or family history, there's no way to know for sure. What we do know is that he was a talented painter who had many fans among the upper classes of Renaissance Venice, so it's likely that he had mental problems only in the sense that all great artists do.
He lived in exciting times and came from a famous family, so it's not surprising that some people might have thought him insane. After all, his father Duke Ferdinand de Maganza was known for his wild behavior and his mother Maria Benincasa was said to be crazy too. Then again, maybe they were just rich and powerful enough to afford such things? We'll never know.
What we do know is that Prince Prospero called himself "the most beautiful spirit in the world" and that his followers believed him.
You may argue that Prince Prospero's main defect isn't hedonism or plain folly, but hubris (extreme pride), and particularly creative hubris. Prospero attempts to build a beautiful artificial world of art from his own thoughts. That idealistic world is represented by the seven rooms. He believes that he can create everything that is necessary for happiness. So when some of his creations turn on him, he is devastated. His dream has come true but not as he planned it!
Prospero also commits suicide when he realizes that his plan has failed. This shows that he was not only proud, but also had feelings such as despair and remorse. He considered himself more important than other people, so when his creation turned against him, there was no one left to save him.
Also, Prince Prospero sells his soul to the Devil in order to win over Miranda. This shows that he was willing to do anything to fulfill his desires... even if it meant making a deal with the devil himself!
Finally, you could say that he was self-centered because he wanted to be the center of attention all the time. He wanted everyone to love him so he decided to build a palace where he could attract everyone's attention.
Prince Prospero was arrogant enough to believe that he could create a perfect world where everyone would be happy.
Narrator When the narrator is six years old, he dreams of becoming a famous artist. His initial attempt, however, fails to impress the grownups in his life, who advise him to try something more practical. He does so, and this time he succeeds: all the adults admire his work and offer him money for it. The young man refuses the money, telling them that now he must run away to see the world.
This story first appeared in print in 1955. It was written by French author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, born in France in 1900. He died in an airplane crash in Argentina in 1944 at the age of 44. After studying law, Saint-Exupéry became a journalist and traveled around the world several times. In 1938 he published his first book, Wind, Sand and Stars, which was successful enough to allow him to quit his job and focus on writing full time. In 1939 he also started a monthly magazine called L'Air about aviation that was very popular with readers and had many contributors including some famous artists.
In the early 1940s, Saint-Exupéry wrote several other books about his travels across South America. In 1944 he attempted to fly from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro but never arrived.
His tragic weakness is pride, or hubris, which is frequent in tragic heroes. Prospero believes that with his wealth and resources, he can avoid death, and so abandons his kingdom and citizens, abandoning them to their dreadful fate, quarantining himself and a thousand of his most fun-loving courtiers in a remote monastery. He despises the power of magic and refuses to use it, even when the lives of everyone he knows are at risk. When all hope seems lost, however, his daughter Miranda finds him unconscious after being struck by lightning during a storm. She restores his strength with a flask of wine and tells him that since he refused to use his magic before, he should now try to save himself. He does so, using his last bit of energy to tell Miranda that she must never forget her father's memory.
Prospero is not just any tragic hero, but one of Shakespeare's earliest ones. This means that he was probably influenced by other writers and cultures who wrote about these kinds of characters early on in English history. One such writer was Seneca, a Roman philosopher and dramatist whose work influenced many Renaissance authors.
Tragic heroes are usually very good people who do something terrible with which they cannot be blamed under normal circumstances. They make mistakes due to human nature which cause them to suffer for it later on. However, despite their errors, they still believe that they are doing the right thing, which makes them feel sad and guilty instead of sorry for what they have done.