The Tempest. Day Two ENGL 305 Dr. Fike. Announcements. Outline for our last day of class: Course evaluation. Discussion of the final examination (Dec. 6 th , 11:30).
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We talked last time about the storm, which yields to calm. Storm and calm are major dualities in The Tempest. My point to you at day's end last week was that the play is built around such oppositions, a technique that we also observed in King Lear. Your assignment is to have a look at Ariel's song at 1.2.400ff. With a partner, identify dualities in (or implied by) the song and then brainstorm others in the rest of the play. After 5 minutes we will reconvene, and you will share your discoveries.
O goodness infinite, goodness immense!
That all this good of evil [the Fall] shall produce,
And evil turn to good; more wonderful
Then that which by creation first brought forth
Light out of darkness [Paradise]! full of doubt I stand,
Whether I should repent me now of sin
By mee done and occasiond [eating the apple], or rejoyce
Much more, that much more good thereof shall spring,
To God more glory, more good will to Men
From God, and over wrauth grace shall abound [Christ overcomes sin and death].
Paradise Lost 12.469-78
Milan, forgiveness, individuation
Island, hatred, anger
Was Milan thrust from Milan, that his issue
Should become kings of Naples? O, rejoice
Beyond a common joy, and set it down
With gold on lasting pillars: In one voyage
Did Claribel her husband find at Tunis,
And Ferdinand, her brother, found a wife
Where he himself was lost; Prospero his dukedom
In a poor isle; and all of us [found] ourselves
When no man was his own.
POINT: The idea is that, together, the characters represent the human psyche: