The Tempest (3): Textual Gaps in. the Colonial Discourses -- Act III and its Adaptations. Plot Summary. Act I 1. the sea change – Alonso and the other courtiers ’ positions threatened; 2. Prospero re-telling history to Miranda, Ariel and Caliban; Act II
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the Colonial Discourses -- Act III and its Adaptations
1. the sea change – Alonso and the other courtiers’ positions threatened;
2. Prospero re-telling history to Miranda, Ariel and Caliban;
1. Sebastian and Antonio, planning the murder;
2. Trinculo and Stefano, meeting Caliban;
1. Ferdinand and Miranda on servitude, end with Prospero;
2. Caliban, Stefano and Trinculo’splotting;
3. Ariel gives indictment to the sinful three.
–- use of paradoxes to show the power of love,
-- praising Miranda’s singularity;
-- emphasizing his nobility (but a slave to love)
Prospero, as he does in Act I, plays the role of God to assert justice
an artificial assertion of order.
S+ T// Sebastian + Antonio
1. virginity ensured;
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,As I foretold you, were all spirits, andAre melted into air, into thin air;And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve;And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuffAs dreams are made on, and our little lifeIs rounded with a sleep. (IV.i.148–158)
Sir, I am vex'd:Bear with my weakness; my old brain is troubled.Be not disturb'd with my infirmity.If you be pleas'd, retire into my cellAnd there repose: a turn or two I'll walk,To still my beating mind. (158-63)