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The Tempest- Act III


Ferdinand collects logs. While collecting he thinks of Miranda and her beauty. Miranda arrives and prays him not to work. She even offers to work instead of him. Prospero is in a distance witnessing all the happenings. Miranda shares how she feels of him and Ferdinand says she is the first woman he loves soul fully. Finally they both join hands together saying they would marry each other and will live together forever. Prospero also blesses their love in distance. Now Caliban shares his life story with Stephano and Trinculo which is overheard by the invisible Ariel. Caliban says Prospero stole his island which rightfully belonged to him after his mother’s death (Sycorax). He now asks Stepheno to revenge by killing Prospero, owning his daughter Miranda, become the king of the island and in turn he would be his servant. Caliban also instructs that Prospero sleeps in the afternoon and while he is asleep one can kill him easily by burning his books first because, without his books there is no magic or the spirits. Stepheno is amused to become the king of the island and making Miranda the queen. In between the narration Trinquilo gets beaten mistakenly for the comments of Ariel (because he is invisible). Finally they all follow to the music of Ariel. In another part of the island, the crew in search of the prince gets tired. While they rest, creatures in different shapes arrive with music and cheer to set a feast. Prospero in the top, invisible witnesses the event. Wondering the creatures’ appearances the crew comes forward to eat the food but Ariel in the shape of harpy (monster with a woman’s head and the body of a bird of prey) with thunder and lightning appears on the table and makes the food disappear. He curses all the three who have betrayed Prospero and his daughter by exiling them to an island on a boat. It curses those sinners to an extent to make them realise their mistakes by using a spell on them. It disappears suddenly. All the three (Antonio, Alonzo, Sebastian) with great guilt sits desperately.

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