The Tempest Theme
Chantel St. Croix English 2201 The Tempest Journal The passage provided, act III scene III from the Shakespearean play “The Tempest” is spoken by Ariel, to the “three men of sin” Alonso, Sebastian, and Antonio. The conflict within this passage is external, which contains Ariel speaking on behalf of Prospero to those who wronged him, also known as the “three men of sin”. The genre of this passage is strictly fantasy, which included Ariel as a Harpy, which represents the climax of Prospero’s revenge, and a magical banquet.
In this passage, Ariel is seeking justice on behalf of his master Prospero. Ariel is calling out the “three men of sin” on their past actions. They are now at Ariel’s mercy. Ariel calls Alonso, Sebastian, and Antonio “fools” for attempting to draw their swords against him. Ariel is considered to be a minister of fate. Ariel begins to tell the men why they are being punished- their damnation, or punishment, is worse than death. He talks directly to Alonso about Alonso’s missing son, which he is lead to believe that this is part of Alonso’s punishment.
The external conflict within this passage from the Shakespearean play “The Tempest” is between Ariel and the “three man of sin” Alonso, Sebastian, and Antonio. This conflict helps develop the theme of revenge. Prospero gets Ariel in the form of a Harpy to try and seek revenge on the three men of sin. Ariel accuses the three men for driving Prospero from Milan and leaving him and his child at the mercy of the sea. Because of this sin, Ariel begins to tell Alonso that the powers of nature and the sea have begun to take revenge on Alonso by taking Ferdinand, “Against your peace.
Thee of thy son, Alonso”. Ariel starts telling the men about their punishment and says that it is worse than death, “Lingering perdition, worse than any death”. He does this because he knows what the three men are going to do to Prospero, kill him. The genre within this passage from “The Tempest” is of the fantasy genre. It features Ariel as a Harpy and the magical banquet featured in this scene. This genre helps develop the theme of revenge, as does the external conflict between Ariel and the “three men of sin”.
Fantasy is used when Ariel is sent to the three men by Prospero in the form of a Harpy. By doing this, Ariel is able to “scare” the man and seek pure revenge on them by telling them about their punishments, and calling them out on their past actions, “For that’s my business to you–that you three from Milan did supplant good Prospero”. In the beginning of this scene, Alonso, Sebastian, and Antonio are at a magical banquet. Ariel comes in, in the form of a Harpy, and makes the table disappear.
This is another element of fantasy as well, and this begins Ariel seeking revenge for his master. In act III, scene III of the Shakespearen play “The Tempest”, the passage provided was spoken by Ariel to the audience of the “three men of sin”, in which who were Alonso, Sebastian, and Antonio. The external conflict of Ariel vs the three men of sin, and the specific genre element of fantasy worked together to develop one of the themes of the play, which was revenge.