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Comment Closely On Act Iii Scene Iii Of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" And Show Its Relevance To The Whole Play

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Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is a play about a man named Prospero, once the Duke of Milan, who was usurped by his younger brother, Antonio, with the help of Alonso, the king of Naples. He was left on the sea with his baby daughter, Miranda, to die but luckily he survives on an island. By some force of fate, a ship containing his traitors is nearby. Prospero uses magic, whose study cost him his dukedom, to cause a tempest and to bring the traitors on land, making them think they have been shipwrecked. He then begins to dish out his punishment. In this scene, Prospero continues his punishment as Antonio and his entourage take a rest from looking for his son, Ferdinand, whom they now believe is drowned.In this scene, Alonso is sad because he has finally decided to come to terms with what he think is reality; that Ferdinand had droned. He says, "… he is drowned, whom thus we stray to find, and the sea mocks our frustrate search on land. Well, let him go". The description of their futile search as "frustrate" could mean that the fruitlessness of their search makes him frustrated. His comment on the mocking of the sea, shows that he is in despair for the sea looked on as they searched on land, knowing(the sea) very well that it(the sea) had taken Ferdinand. With this tone and these comments, Antonio creates a mood of sorrow and sympathy for himself, those with him, as well as the audience.The evil attitude of Antonio and Sebastian is also revealed in this scene. While Alonso and the others are sad because of the loss of Ferdinand, Antonio and Sebastian rejoice at this news. They plan to kill Alonso and the others and make Sebastian king of Naples since he is next of kin. Antonio also plans secretly to kill Sebastian after their plan has been carried out and make himself king. Antonio says, "I am glad that he (Alonso) is so out of hope." And Sebastian says, "Let it (the plan) be to-night for now they (Alonso and the rest) are oppressed with travel". Their lack of the slightest sympathy reveals their evil character.Also in this scene, strange figures appear with a banquet, inviting Alonso and the others to come and eat. Alonso and the others are so marveled at the figures, particularly at their gentle actions of salutation, that they are speechless for a while. Sebastian says, "…now I will believe that there are unicorns, that in Arabia there is one tree, and on the phoenix throne, one phoenix at this hour reigning there". In an attempt to show how marveled he was, he exaggerates- unicorns are myths and there is more than on tree in Arabia. The other men are equally marveled at these creatures they do not know and cannot seem to pin a name to them; only "islanders"As the...

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