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Act 1 sceen 2 The Tempest - Explore the dramatic significance of this episode within the play.

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Introduction

Look again at Act 1, scene 2, from about line 410, when Miranda says "What is't? A spirit?" to the end of the scene at the stage direction, "Exeunt", after Prospero says "Come, follow! (to Miranda) Speak not for him." Explore the dramatic significance of this episode within the play. 1/18/2004 In this scene when Miranda says "What is't? A spirit?" she is referring to Ferdinand, they both have a similar response to each other; he also responds to her in wonder, 'Most sure the goddess on whom these airs attend.' Miranda and Ferdinand have fallen in love at first sight. This scene is very near the beginning of the play; it is in the second act. This shows the audience that the scene is going to be very significant to the rest of the play and that the love between Miranda and Ferdinand is a major theme. Ferdinand is lured to Prospero's cave by Ariel's singing, 'this is no mortal business, nor no sound that the earth owes. I hear it now above me.' ...read more.

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Miranda's wonder at Ferdinand is shown in all her language when addressing him and talking about him, 'What is't? A spirit?' she does not even know what he is as she never seen men before, only knowing her father and Caliban on the island. From the first moment she sees him Miranda's language shows herself in awe of Ferdinand as she exclaims, 'Lord, how it looks about! Believe me, sir, it carries a brave form.' Miranda has the simplicity and forthrightness to openly declare her love for Ferdinand, 'I might call him a thing divine, for nothing natural I ever saw so noble.' This simplicity is because of Miranda's seclusion; she does not know many people and has no knowledge of the real world, she is impressed by what she sees and expects the inside to match the outside not able to see past peoples' good looks into their deeper character. This directness is shown again later when she openly admires the attractive men of the court party, 'How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! ...read more.

Conclusion

the end of the play; their marriage would unite Prospero and Alonso therefore uniting Naples and Milan returning both Prospero and Miranda to their rightful positions in the kingdom, 'I'll make you the Queen of Naples.' Though this is what Prospero wants he makes it hard for the sake of his daughter as a test of Ferdinand's love, 'I must uneasy make, lest too light winning make the prize light.' Though at the end Prospero succeeds in his plan and the play ends in harmony with both Miranda and Ferdinand happy after being made to suffer for their love, 'I must be here confined by you, or sent to Naples, let me not. Since I have my dukedom got.' This episode has great impact on the audience as it is the beginning of Prospero's plan to put past wrongs right and the audience can see that in the near future calm and harmony will be created out of a tempest which has obviously been going on for many years. The uniting of Miranda and Ferdinand has great significance in bringing about the final harmony that their marriage will help to keep, and stop another tempest arising. ...read more.

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