The Tempest: Act Four

What does Prospero tell Ferdinand in 4.1? “All thy vexations were but my trials of thy love, and thou hast strangely stood the test” and he “gives” Miranda to Ferdinand
Who is Hymen? How is this reference used? Hymen= god of marriageProspero is tellinf Ferdinand not to have sex before marriage
What does Prospero tell Ariel to do? bring the “rabble” to him–> he wants everyone to come together now
On what does Iris call? What is this scene called? What are the goddesses doing? -calling on all the elements-called a mask scene-goddesses are blessing the marriage of F and M
To what is the mask scene similar Queen Elizabeth and King James’s plays and masques
Who is Iris the goddess of the rainbow
Who is Ceres goddess of agriculture
Who is Dis? Why does Ceres bring him up? Dis= king of the underworldThis is a reference to what Ceres remembers of marriage (Hades/ later version of Dis kidnapped Persephone and married her)
What does Ceres mean when she talks about Venus and her son? -venus= goddess of love; cupid (son)= god of love-she is talking about restraining passion-reminiscent of the Queen Mab speech
With what does Juno bless F and M? honor, riches, marriage-blessing, joy
What blessing does Ceres give F and M? blesses the land and crops so they can have food
What does Prospero try to make Ferdinand think of the goddesses? wants him to think it was all an illusion
What does Prospero reference in his speech about reality vs. magic? the globe theater–> Shakespeare is jumping off the page and screaming at us to get the point: Prospero is talking about the playwright and the end of his career
How is Shakespeare represented through Prospero? -both of their cereers are ending and they are fading-both have magical abilities (Shakespeare’s “magical” ability= writing)
Explicitly stated theme in 4.1 “And like the baseless fabric of vision, the cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, the solumn temples, the great globe itself, yea, all which it inherit, shall disolve, and, like this insubstantial pageant faded, leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep” –> also touches on the writer’s craft
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When Ariel calls Trinculo, Caliban, and Stephano “like unbacked colts” and “calf-like,” to what is she referring? she has put them in a trance so they can’t kill Prospero
where did Ariel put Trinculo and Stephano and Caliban? a gross pond
What does Prospero say to use as bait? the cheap goods in his house (CLOTHING)
Reference to slavery in 4.1 Caliban: “Do that good mischief which may make this island thine forever, and I, thy Caliban, for aye thy foot-licker”
Importance of clothing in 4.1 Trinculo tells Stephano, “look what a wardrobe here is for thee!” –> Prospero’s clothing stuck out–> they don’t realize that the clothes should be inside in a closet–> they don’t see that it’s bait
What does Stephano say will be okay when he is king? What does Trinculo similarly order Caliban to do? stealing will be OK when he’s king; T tells C to “put some lime upon your fingers” (aka pickpocket/ steal)
What does Prospero send after T and C and S? hounds–> like how the hound of the heaven goes after people to make them feel guilty with their “biting”
What are the names of the dogs? Silver, Tyrant, and Fury