8.3+Tempest+3 - The Tempest (1611) Lecture Three:...

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The Tempest (1611) Lecture Three: Shakespeare’s Swansong
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Swan Song Portia in Merchant of Venice : “Let music sound while he doth make his choice; / Then, if he lose, he makes a swan-like end, / Fading in music”
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Shakespeare = Prospero? Ben Jonson’s play Sejanus , acted by the Kings’s Men in 1603, includes “William Shakespeare” in the list of actors in the 1616 Works . Poet John Davies wrote of Shakespeare's preference for
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As the two young lovers talk … MIRANDA: I am your wife, if you will marry me; If not, I'll die your maid: to be your fellow You may deny me; but I'll be your servant, Whether you will
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Pp: 50: 3.3.4ff: … the conspiracy continues ALONSO: Old lord, I cannot blame thee, Who am myself attach'd with weariness, To the dulling of my spirits: sit down, and rest. Even here I will put off my hope and keep it No longer for my flatterer: he is drown'd Whom thus we stray to find , and the sea mocks Our frustrate search on land. Well, let
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p. 51: 3.3.18FF: Masque within a play Solemn and strange music, and [enter] PROSPERO on the top (invisible). ALONSO: What harmony is this? My good friends, hark! GONZALO: Marvellous sweet music! Enter several strange Shapes, bringing in a banquet; and dance about it with gentle actions of salutations, and inviting the King, etc. to eat, they depart. ALONSO: Give us kind keepers, heavens!
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p. 52, top: 3.3.28FF: Masque within a play GONZALO: If in Naples I should report this now, would they believe me? If I should say, I saw such islanders (For, certes, these are people of the island) Who, though they are of monstrous shape, yet note, Their manners are more gentle-kind than of Our human generation you shall find
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Prospero and Ariel
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p. 53: 3.3.53FF: Ariel becomes conscience ARIEL: You are three men of sin, whom Destiny, That hath to instrument this lower world And what is in't, the never-surfeited sea Hath caused to belch up you; and on this island Where man doth not inhabit; you 'mongst men Being most unfit to live. I have made you mad; And even with suchlike valor men hang
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p. 53: 3.3.68FF: Ariel only half heard ARIEL: But remember— For that's my business to you—that you three From Milan did supplant good Prospero; Exposed unto the sea, which hath requit it, Him and his innocent child: for which foul deed The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have Incensed the seas and shores, yea, all the creatures, Against your peace.
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pp. 53-54: 3.3.76FF: ARIEL: Thee of thy son, Alonso, They have bereft; and do pronounce by me: Lingering perdition, worse than any death Can be at once, shall step by step attend [over to 54] You and your ways; whose wraths to guard you from, Which here, in this most desolate isle, else falls Upon your heads—is nothing but heart- sorrow
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Prospero from Above PROSPERO: [ Aside ] Bravely the figure of this harpy hast thou Perform'd, my Ariel; a grace it had, devouring: Of my instruction hast thou nothing bated In what thou hadst to say: so, with good life
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