Theme Of Ariel In The Tempest

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Caliban. He’s seen as a monster, born from a witch and treated like a slave. Ariel. A spirit who is warm, loving, and would do anything for prospero. The Tempest, by William Shakespeare, is about Prospero, who is stranded on an island with his daughter, and how he plans revenge against people who have done him wrong, eventually leading to him forgiving them. Caliban and Ariel are foils who bring out each others attributes and create comedy. First, throughout the play Ariel proves how he is always there to serve Prospero, even though he has been promised freedom for doing tasks. When we first meet Ariel he enters exclaiming: “All hail, great master! grave sir, hail! I come/ To answer thy best pleasure; be't to fly,/To swim, to dive into the fire, to ride/ On the curl'd clouds, to thy strong bidding task/ Ariel and all his quality” (I.II.190-194). Ariel calls Prospero his great master and anything Prospero wants done he can ask Ariel. Ariel brings out a lot of comedy in the play by playing tricks on other characters: “I did not give the lie. Out o' your wits and hearing/ too? A pox o' your bottle! This can sack/ and drinking do. A murrain on your monster, and the devil take your fingers” (III.II.76-79). Ariel appears invisible and whispers that Caliban is a liar, which is…show more content…
While they are both servants, they both earned it different ways. Ariel owed Prospero for saving him from the evil witch and Caliban tried to rape Miranda, resulting in losing his freedom forever. Next, Ariel shows human emotions and even asks Prospero if he loves him. Ariel plays tricks on the characters producing comedic elements. Caliban prepares dramatic plans to kill Prospero. Last, Ariel is always ready and enthusiastic to serve Prospero while Caliban swears at him and exclaims how the island should belong to him. While Ariel and Caliban may not seem alike, they both produce comedy throughout the play from being
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