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The Tempest

The Tempest

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The Tempest The Divine Quotes

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Quote #1

GONZALO Beseech you, sir, be merry; you have cause,So have we all, of joy; for our escapeIs much beyond our loss. Our hint of woeIs common; every day some sailor's wife,The masters of some merchant and the merchant  Have just our theme of woe; but for the miracle,I mean our preservation, few in millionsCan speak like us: then wisely, good sir, weighOur sorrow with our comfort. (2.1.1)

Gonzalo speaks of their preservation as a miracle, which would be the realm of the divine. Again, the divide between divinity and magic is highlighted, as it was not a miracle, but Prospero's magical instruction that preserved those aboard the ship.

Quote #2

CALIBAN [Aside] These be fine things, an if they benot sprites.That's a brave god and bears celestial liquor.  I will kneel to him. (2.2.6)

Caliban thinks the liquor divine because it is unknown to him. Is Shakespeare commenting that much of our own sense of what is divine simply springs from what we don't know?

Quote #3

FERDINAND O heaven, O earth, bear witness to this soundAnd crown what I profess with kind eventIf I speak true! if hollowly, invert  What best is boded me to mischief! IBeyond all limit of what else i' the worldDo love, prize, honour you. MIRANDA I am a foolTo weep at what I am glad of.  PROSPERO Fair encounterOf two most rare affections! Heavens rain graceOn that which breeds between 'em! (3.1.7)

Though Prospero has practically thrown the two lovers into each other's laps, he still calls out for the heavens to bless them. It seems his homage to a power greater and beyond his own.

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