Act 5, Scene 1 and Epilogue. 1. He wants to have mercy on those who have wronged him in the past. He acknowledges to Ariel that he is furious with Antonio and the others who have wronged him, but that “…the rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance.” He thanks Gonzalo; he warns Antonio
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1. He wants to have mercy on those who
have wronged him in the past. He
acknowledges to Ariel that he is furious
with Antonio and the others who have
wronged him, but that “…the rarer
action is in virtue than in vengeance.”
He thanks Gonzalo; he warns Antonio
and Sebastian that he could reveal
them as traitors but will not, for now; he
tells Antonio that he forgives him but
expects his dukedom back; he shows Alonso
his son is alive and playing chess with Miranda.
storm, made spirits appear in different
guises-banquet servers, goddesses,
and dogs-and he has shut out the sun,
called forth the winds, uprooted trees,
and opened graves.
3. Shakespeare was ready to give up his
4. Only Alonso seems truly sorry.
statement-to err is human, to forgive
6. When he first sees Ferdinand playing
chess with Miranda, he is almost afraid
to believe his eyes. Then he says that
he is a “glad father” and tells his
by-then-kneeling son to rise.
7. He sees how fine Prospero looks in his
royal clothes and worries that he will be
“pinched to death” by an angry Prospero.
Caliban realizes he was a fool to worship a
drunkard like Stephano.
in the past was wrong and Prospero is
perhaps for compassionate than he was
in the beginning.
9. He asks the audience to clap. Like
Ariel and Caliban who wanted to be
released from their slavery, Prospero
wants others to “release me from my