The introduction of Ariel in the second scene of The Tempest raises some of the central issues in William Shakespeare's 17th-century play. Most notably, the themes of power, nature, and magic prove to be integral in shaping the audience's perception of Ariel, Prospero, and the island itself. Indeed, the concept of power and its use within this scene, particularly in the context of the era - where the divine right of kings was unanimously accepted - provides the foundation for a full understanding of the play. Shakespeare's presentation of the nymph Ariel as both a powerful 'brave spirit' and the slave of Prospero ('is there more toil? Since thou dost give me pains') raises the question of whether Prospero has the right to summon and dismiss Ariel in such a dictatorial manner ('Go. Hence with diligence'). Ultimately, Act I, scene 2, introduces characteristics of Ariel that suggest that he has both Prospero's respect and gratitude, but also that he is irrefutably subservient to his master.
The relationship between Prospero and Ariel is a curious one. Firstly, their names have interesting connotations. Prospero brings to mind the verb 'to prosper' - suggestive of magic and conjuring,...
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1. Thesis - Shakespeare uses Ariel as a servant to prospero in the play, but also Ariel represents Prospero's imagination in a non-literal aspect.
2. Ariel is magical, and he can change into many shapes i.e. fire, nymph, harpy.
3. Ariel is a prisoner of Prospero's
4. Transition - Ariel is an intelligent, sneaky little spirit that Prospero has as a prisoner.
II. Body Paragraph #1
1. Ariel works for Prospero
2. He is a prisoner
3. Put in by Sycorax
4. Transition - Before he got set free he had to help Prospero with a little problem he had with Caliban and his crew.
III. Body Paragraph #2
1. Ariel stays loyal to Prospero until he is free
2. Ariel helps Prospero plot against Trinculo, Stephano, and Caliban
3. Ariel is set free
4. Transition - They then drove Caliban, Trinculo, and Stephano away so they couldn't kill or hurt Prospero.
IV. Body Paragraph #3
1. Ariel has a sense of humor
2. Ariel is very intelligent
3. Ariel is very Creative
4. Transition - Ariel is so creative and how he is so intelligent and is a quick thinker.
1. Ariel gets imprisoned by Sycorax
2. Ariel keeps Respect
3. Ariel gets set free
Ariel, Prospero's Prisoner
Shakespeare uses Ariel as a servant to prospero in the play, but also Ariel represents Prospero's imagination in a non-literal aspect. Being magical, Ariel can change into many shapes like fire or a nymph. In a symbolic way Ariel functions as Prospero's imagination. Ariel makes Prospero's thoughts come to life. Also Ariel so intelligent, portrays a sneaky little spirit that Prospero has as a prisoner.
Prospero rescued Ariel from a long imprisonment at the hands of the witch Sycorax. Ariel, after being saved by Prospero was very loyal although he was not willing. All Ariel could think of was getting set free. " Delicate Ariel, I'll set thee free for this" (Act I, Scene II, Line 550). But as you can see from this quote before he's set free he has to help Prospero with a little problem he had with Caliban and his crew.
Sycorax, Caliban's dad imprisoned Ariel, know Caliban thinks he's the rightful owner of the Island and he plans to kill Prospero. Know Arial and Prospero have to think of a first-rate plan, which they do. Prospero decides that Ariel will put very nice and Elegant pieces of clothing on the route to Prospero's cave, so it would draw their attention and Ariel and Prospero can catch them. When Caliban, Trinculo, and Stephano were arguing over who got which item, Ariel gathered up his spirit friends to assume the position of hunting dogs. "Fury, Fury, there tyrant, There! Hark, Hark"(Act IV, Scene I, Line 283). This quote portrays how they drove Caliban, Trinculo, and Stephano away so they couldn't kill or hurt Prospero.
On the path to Prospero's cave Ariel put a spell on Caliban, Trinculo, and Stephano and led them through fields filled with horse urine, and also horse fertilizer. "Monster, I do smell horse piss" (Act IV, Scene I, Line 220). This quote portrays Ariel as a humorous being. He in essence played a embarrassing but humorous joke on his masters enemies. This also shows how Ariel's creative side and how he's so intelligent and a quick thinker.
Throughout the play Ariel's quick thinking skills, and his respect and loyalty to Prospero got him set free. After they chased away Caliban, Trinculo, and Stephano Prospero said "Then to the elements be free" (Act V, Scene I, Line 377). At this point Ariel was free for ever. All his hard work paid off, finally.