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The Tempest. 1.2.224-53 Ariel: All haile, great Master, graue Sir, haile: I come to answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly, to swim, to diue into the fire:

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1 The Tempest

2 Ariel: All haile, great Master, graue Sir, haile: I come to answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly, to swim, to diue into the fire: to ride on the curld clowds: to thy strong bidding, taske Ariel, and all his Qualitie. Prospero: Hast thou, Spirit, performd to point, the Tempest that I bad thee? Ariel: To euery Article. I boorded the Kings ship: now on the Beake, now in the Waste, the Decke, in euery Cabyn, flam'd amazement, sometime I'ld diuide and burne in many places; on the Top-mast, the Yards and Bore- spritt, would I flame distinctly, then meete, and ioyne. Ioues Lightning, the precursers o'th dreadfull Thunder-claps more momentarie and sight out- running were not; the fire, and cracks of sulphurous roaring, the most mighty Neptune seeme to besiege, and make his bold waues tremble, yea, his dread Trident shake. Prospero: My braue Spirit, who was so firme, so constant, that this coyle would not infect his reason? Ariel: Not a soul but felt a Feauer of the madde, and plaid some tricks of desperation; all but Mariners plung'd in the foaming bryne, and quit the vessell; then all a fire with me the Kings sonne Ferdinand with haire vp- staring (then like reeds, not haire) was the first man that leapt; cride hell is empty,and all the Diuels are heere.

3 Questions What is the significance of the spirit in the passage thus far? Moreover, how much weight as a character is Ariel given? How does Ariel’s description of the storm relate to his perceived inferiority to Sycorax and Prospero? What is the significance of Ferdinand’s perception of the events onboard the sinking ship? What light does this shed on Ariel’s character? How does the “power struggle” between the mariners and the nobles parallel that of the struggle between Ariel and Prospero? What can we derive of Prospero’s character out of this passage? How does human/occult interaction in The Tempest relate to interactions in other Shakespearean plays? How is Prospero’s characterization as a protagonist different from Hamlet and Macbeth? What is the difference between power attributed to the occult in The Tempest and to the occult in Macbeth and Hamlet?


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