The Tempest The Divine Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
STEFANOIf thou beest a man, show thyself in thy likeness:if thou beest a devil, take't as thou list. TRINCULOO, forgive me my sins! (3.2.23)
Stefano and Trinculo are influenced by the magic of the island to think they are beyond the realm of their own morality. Stefano agreed to murder Prospero, but a sign that seemed divine was enough to shake him out of his foolishness. This illustrates the fact that divinity can't be forgotten just because there's magic afoot.
PROSPERO Then, as my gift and thine own acquisitionWorthily purchased take my daughter: butIf thou dost break her virgin-knot before All sanctimonious ceremonies mayWith full and holy rite be minister'd,No sweet aspersion shall the heavens let fallTo make this contract grow: but barren hate,Sour-eyed disdain and discord shall bestrew The union of your bed with weeds so loathlyThat you shall hate it both: therefore take heed,As Hymen's lamps shall light you. (4.1.2)
Though Prospero has succeeded in bringing Ferdinand and Miranda together by magic, their union is not in any way meaningful until it is recognized by holy rites and ceremonies. Religious traditions and what they stand for are as important, if not more important, than the practical accomplishments of magic.
FERDINAND Let me live here ever; So rare a wonder'd father and a wifeMakes this place Paradise. (4.1.5)
Man, Wife, and Father in Paradise, eh? Miranda and Ferdinand seem to stand in for the first pair of true lovers, and they do bring a new hope to all those on the island we thought were lost. Maybe this is an Adam-and-Eve thing?