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The Tempest

The Tempest

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The Tempest Contrasting Regions Quotes

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Quote #1

STEFANO Trinculo, keep a good tongue in your head: if youprove a mutineer,—the next tree! The poor monster'smy subject and he shall not suffer indignity. (3.2.6)


Stefano's leadership is a parody of the real court.  Though he is rooted in the spirit of the pastoral (bawdy, drunk, and quick to fight), Stefano puts on the airs of the court and reveals how silly these formalities are against such a backdrop (while also casting some doubt as to how serious they are in any context).

Quote #2

PROSPEROBehold, sir king,The wronged Duke of Milan, Prospero:For more assurance that a living prince Does now speak to thee, I embrace thy body;And to thee and thy company I bidA hearty welcome. (5.1.7)


The visitors to the island didn't recognize Prospero at first, so he changes into courtly garb, but he also changes his mannerisms from the mystical to the courtly. He doesn't have anything to bid them welcome to but his cell, highlighting the absurdity of these misplaced gestures.

Quote #3

GONZALO Was Milan thrust from Milan, that his issueShould become kings of Naples? O, rejoiceBeyond a common joy, and set it down  With gold on lasting pillars: In one voyageDid Claribel her husband find at Tunis,And Ferdinand, her brother, found a wifeWhere he himself was lost, Prospero his dukedomIn a poor isle and all of us ourselves  When no man was his own. (5.1.4)


Will the changes that have occurred outside of the court still hold once everyone has reached the court again? Why did a courtly problem need to be solved in a pastoral setting?

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