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The Tempest

The Tempest

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The Tempest Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes

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Quote #1

MIRANDA O, I have sufferedWith those that I saw suffer: a brave vessel,  Who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her,Dash'd all to pieces. O, the cry did knockAgainst my very heart. Poor souls, they perish'd.Had I been any god of power, I wouldHave sunk the sea within the earth or ere It should the good ship so have swallow'd andThe fraughting souls within her. (1.2.1)


Miranda has a naturally merciful temperament. She wishes her father to be merciful, regardless of his aim.

Quote #2

PROSPERO If thou more murmur'st, I will rend an oakAnd peg thee in his knotty entrails tillThou hast howl'd away twelve winters. (1.2.37)


Prospero may not be forgiving or compassionate by nature, as he's accustomed to being unquestioned and a little tyrannical. It's interesting that Ariel is actually the one who inspires Prospero to be merciful to his enemies in the end.

Quote #3

CALIBAN As wicked dew as e'er my mother brush'dWith raven's feather from unwholesome fenDrop on you both! a south-west blow on yeAnd blister you all o'er! PROSPERO For this, be sure, to-night thou shalt have cramps,  Side-stitches that shall pen thy breath up; urchinsShall, for that vast of night that they may work,All exercise on thee; thou shalt be pinch'dAs thick as honeycomb, each pinch more stingingThan bees that made 'em. (1.2.45)


Anger only begets more anger – both Caliban and Prospero expect the other to be awful, and they only get what they expect. Neither Caliban nor Prospero forgives the other's past wrongs, and this keeps their relationship at a complete standstill.

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