The Tempest Quotes

This blue-eyed hag was hither brought with child, and here was left by th’ sailors. Thou, my slave, as thou report’st thyself, was then her servant…A freckled whelp hag-born-not honoured with a human shape.” Prospero is talking to Ariel about how the witch kept him/her in a tree before she died. Then, they talk about Caliban and how he was Sycorax’s son.
“I must eat my dinner. This island’s mine, by Sycorax my mother, which thou takest from me. When thou cam’st first, thour strok’st me, and made much of me…Of Sycorax, toads, beetles, bats, light on you!…In this hard rock, whiles you do keep from me the rest o’ th’ island.” Caliban speaks to Prospero about how Prosper took care of him and taught him the sun and moon and how Prospero “loved him”. Then Caliban showed him all the features of the island and now Prospero has taken over and Caliban is kinda threatening him on how he wishes he could use Sycorax’s spell on him.
Thou most lying slave, whom striped may move, not kindness! I have used thee, filth as thou art, with human care; and lodged thee in mine own cell, till thou didst seek to violate the honour of my child. Prospero speaks to Caliban about Caliban trying to rape Miranda
Abhorred slave, which any print of goodness wilt not take, being capable of all ill!…Deservedly confined into this rock, who hadst deserved more than prison.” Miranda speaks to Caliban how she taught him how to speak and do good but he is capable of anything evil which is why he is imprisoned in this cave.
My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up. My father’s loss, the weakness which I feel, the wrack of all my friends…Let liberty make use of; space enough have I in such prison.” Ferdinand is talking about losing his father and talks about how happy he will be to see Miranda from his prison. Does this to win miranda’s love.
Beseech you, sir be merry; you have cause, so have we all, of joy;for our escape is much beyond our loss…Can speak like us: then wisely, good sir, weight our sorrow with our comfort.” Gonzalo speaks to Alonso to be happier because they are still alive and are feeling the sadness that people feel everyday
I’ the’ commonwealth I would by contraries execute all things. For no kind of traffic would I admit; no name of magistrate;…and women too, but innocent and pure; no sovereignty.” Gonzalo speaks to Sebastian and Antonio about his new kingdom and how everyone will be free and there will be no social classes. He will enforce freedom.
Ay, sir; where lies that? If ’twere a kibe, t’would put me to my slipper; but I feel not this deity in my bosom: two consciences, that stand ‘twixt me and Milan…They’ll tell the clock to any business that we say befits the hour.” Antonia is talking to Sebastian about not feeling any guilt if they kill Gonozolo and Alanso
There be some sport are painful, and their labour delight in them sets off: some kinds of baseness are nobly undergone…But these sweeter t thoughts do even refresh my labours, most busilest when I do it. Ferninand speaks to himself about how he is carrying logs for Prospero and although some people think this is painful, he is doing this for Miranda and the thoughts she brings to him makes him refreshed and willing.
I say, by sorcery he got this isle; from he got it. If thy greatness will revenge it on him—for I know thou dar’st but this thing dare not— Caliban is speaking to Stephano about Prospero and how Prospero used his magic to take over the island. He is trying to suggest to Stephano to get revenge on Prospero and Caliban has promised to become his servant if he does.
Why, as I told thee, ’tis a custom with him I th’ afternoon to sleep: there thou mayst brain him, having first seized his books; or with a log batter his skull…But only sycorax my dam and she; but she as far surpasseth Sycorax as great’st does least.” Caliban is speaking to Stephano about killing Prospero. Telling him to batter his skull or cut his throat and to burn his books because then he can’t use his magic. Also, he says that if he does kill Prospero he will become king and Miranda will be his wife.
Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, sounds and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not…ready to drop upon me; that, when I wak’d I cried to dream again.” Caliban is speaking to Stephano not to be afraid of noises because the noises on the island make you want to do good and makes Caliban have good dreams (Ariel is making these lololol)
Oh lord, I cannot blame thee, who am myself attached with weariness, to th’ dulling of my spirits…Our frustrate search on lang. Well, let him go.” Alonso is speaking to Gonazlo about being tired and about giving up on looking for Ferninand because he is probably dead in the sea.
You are three men of sin, whom Destiny—that hath to instrument this lower world and what is in’t—the never-surfeited sea…and even with such-like valour men hang and drown their proper selves.” Ariel to Alonso, Antonio, and Sebestian. He is saying none of them deserve to live and that he will drive them mad. He will send out harpees to attack them and carry out Fate’s (Prospero’s) order
O, it is monstrous, monstrous! Methought the billows spoke, and told me of it; I’ll seek him deeper than e’er plummet sounded, and with him there lie mudded.” Alonso is speaking to Gonzolo about how he heard Prospero’s name and the crimes he has done. He blames himself and his actions for the reason why Ferninand is on the ocean floor and will join him.
16. “If I have too austerely punished you, your compensation makes amdens; for I have given you here a third of mine own life…For thou shalt find she will outstrip all praise and make it half behind her.” Prospero is speaking to Ferninand about making him work hard for Miranda’s love and is giving her away, Prospero is praising Miranda to Ferninand, this is bittersweet for Prospero because she has spent her whole life taking care of her
As I hope for quiet days, fair issue and long life, with such love as ’tis no, the murkiest den, the most opportune place…When I shall think, or Phoebus’ steeds are foundered, or Night kept chained below.” Ferninand is speaking to Prospero and says he wants peace, a long life, and kids. He refuses to give up his virginity before marriage because Prospero warns him about not doing so or else the relationship wont happen orderly
You do look, my son, in a moved sort, as if you were dismayed: be cheerful, sir…If you be pleased, retired into my cell, and there repose: a turn or two I’ll walk, to still my beating mind.” Prospero speaks to Ferinand to be cheerful and that the spirtis as their wedding gifts has vanished. Prosper says he is troubled and upset so he tells Ferninand not be troubled by his illness (getting old). So he offers Ferinand a rest in his room while he goes for a walk.
Ay that I will; and I’ll be wise hereafter, And seek for grace…And worship this dull fool!” Caliban talks to Prospero and is aksing for forgiveness and regrets worshiping Stephano (a drunkard fool). To get Prospero’s forgiveness, Caliban and his companiosn (Stephano and Trinculo) clean up his room.
Wheter thou be’st he or no, Or some enchanted trifle to abuse me as late I have been, I know, thy pulse beats…Thou pardon me my wrongs. But how should Prospero be living here?” Alonoso is asking for forgiveness and surrenders to Prospero’s dukedom, he does not know whether this is real of just magic.
“In this last tempest, I perceive these lords at this encounter do so much admire, that they devour their reason, and scare think their eyes do offices of truth… At least bring forth a wonder, to content ye as much as my dukedom.” Prospero welcomes Alonso to his dukedome since Alonso has given it to Prospero. He begins to tell Alonso how he ended up on this island and goes back to the night they kicked him out. However, this is short because it would take Prospero days to explain.