Moreover, to concentration camp life, enabling him

Moreover, suffering gives
the opportunity to discover meaning in life. Viktor Frankl’s catalytic “Man’s Search for Meaning,” establishes
Frankl’s three distinctive psychological phases of prisoners adjusting to
concentration camp life, enabling him to realise in extreme conditions, people
can and will survive if they have a strong reason to live. Frankl begins his
chronological telling; recalling the aural memory of the train’s whistle, “the
engine’s whistle had an uncanny sound, like a cry for help sent out in
commiseration for the unhappy load which it was destined to lead into
perdition” reflecting the physical immobilization of the victims in the terror
that awaited. Frankl positions us to experience the beginning of discovering their
unimaginable fear of the impending evil. Further, Viktor describes the first
stage of psychological reaction, shock.  Accumulative
imagery exemplifies the alarming sights, “several rows of barbed wire fences;
watch towers; searchlights; columns of ragged figures… step by step we had to
become accustomed to an immense horror,” encapsulating the total despair that
none of the prisoners were prepared mentally for. Frankl details through
distinctive autobiographical style the sense of hopelessness of World War II
reality inviting the reader to discover the inevitability of suffering as a
part of the human experience, foreshadowing the notion that struggle provides a
fertile ground for the discovery of resilience.

Thus, confronting
realities can act as a catalyst for a moral awakening and subsequent discovery
of purpose. In Act 4, through the distinctive masque, Prospero realises that
his powers are unable to change those unwilling to change just as his powers
did not prevent his usurp. Through song rhyme, sung by the god of harvest,
Ceres “Vines and clustering bunches growing/plants with goodly burthen
bowing/spring come to you at the farthest/in the very end of harvest.” The
masque functions as Prospero’s last act of omnipotence, soothing his inner
conflict of relinquishing power through music and dance. The masque’s
unexpected collapse “I forgot that foul conspiracy…against my life” foreshadows
the imminent abjuration of his magic, and the rediscovery of his authentic
self. Further on, Prospero questions his obsession with magic that had led to
his uncontrollable desire for vengeance.  In Act 5, Prospero’s calls upon Ariel, an airy
spirit, who implies Prospero is less human than he is. Ironic dialogue is used
“your affections would become tender/ dost thou think so, spirit? / mine would,
sir, were I human,” prompting Prospero to morally introspect and take
responsibility for his actions, forgiving those who have wronged him.
Prospero’s confronting discovery is reiterated by the spirits lack of humanity –
acting as a catalyst for questioning his own humility. Shakespeare illustrates
a process of discovering that values reside outside the self and actualize in
actions and experience. Thus, Shakespeare invites us to experience, alongside
Prospero, the need to discover the redemptive power of forgiveness in the face
of inhumanity. 

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