History YMMV / TheTempest

10th Jun '16 10:46:55 AM MarsPlatypus
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** The only characters who refer to Ariel as a fairy are [[TheDitz Trinculo and Stephano]]. It appears that he's a NatureSpirit of some sort, possibly an air elemental. That said, every form that he takes in the play is unambiguously female: a [[OurMermaidsAreDifferent water-nymph]], a [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies harpy]] and [[Myth/ClassicalMythology the goddess Ceres]].
15th Dec '14 8:28:45 PM beack7
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** Also Caliban- nasty brute or NobleSavage? Also, his appearance has been much debated with interpretations ranging from some kind of ape man to a {{fish pe|ople}}rson, to a normal, non-white human.

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** Also Caliban- nasty brute or NobleSavage? Also, his His appearance has been much debated with interpretations ranging from some kind of ape man to a {{fish pe|ople}}rson, to a normal, non-white human.



** Pretty much all of Prospero's speeches.

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** Pretty much all All of Prospero's speeches.



** Also the character of Caliban, who has been interpreted more sympathetically in Postcolonial analyses than he was in Shakespeare's day.

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** Also the The character of Caliban, who has been interpreted more sympathetically in Postcolonial analyses than he was in Shakespeare's day.
6th Dec '14 6:13:15 AM Doc_Loki
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** Also the character of Caliban, who has been interpreted more sympathetically in Postcolonial analyses than he was in Shakespeare's day.
12th Apr '14 5:37:32 PM karstovich2
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** Ariel isn't necessarily a fairy. The name "Ariel" could mean "airy," as in the element in which Ariel lives, but it is also Biblical Hebrew and means "Lion of God." Unlike Puck, it's not entirely clear WHAT Ariel is (ditto Caliban).

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** Ariel isn't necessarily a fairy. The name "Ariel" could mean "airy," as in the element in which Ariel lives, but it is also Biblical Hebrew and means "Lion of God." God" (it's a common boys' name in Israel, where [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariel_Sharon one of the country's greatest soldiers and more controversial Prime Ministers]] bore the name). Unlike Puck, it's not entirely clear WHAT Ariel is (ditto Caliban).
4th Apr '14 1:09:09 PM Lordloss210
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** Or Prospero and Miranda. A psychoanalytical (Freudian) reading would tell us that Prospero, Ariel and Caliban are in fact the same person and Prospero follows his inner desire (id, that is, Caliban) and goes to rape Miranda, stopping himself at the last moment. There's loads of "proof" of this throughout the play but as any English teacher will tell you there's loads of proof for whatever reading you choose, so ... your mileage may vary.
9th Mar '14 9:22:18 AM CaptainLhurgoyf
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* ValuesDissonance: In modern times, the play seems like an early example of fantasy fiction and stands in contrast to Shakespeare's famously realistic settings. As a matter of fact, in the Elizabethan era, it was hardly an issue for audiences to suspend their disbelief in order to accept a wizard as a protagonist because many people did indeed believe in magic.
13th Jan '14 7:45:11 PM Angeldeb82
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Some versions have ... additional subtext on Prospero and Ariel's relationship.

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Some versions have ... additional subtext on Prospero and Ariel's relationship.



** Also Caliban- nasty brute or NobleSavage? Also, his appearance has been much debated with interpretations ranging from some kind of ape man to a [[FishPeople fish person]], to a normal, non-white human.

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** Also Caliban- nasty brute or NobleSavage? Also, his appearance has been much debated with interpretations ranging from some kind of ape man to a [[FishPeople fish person]], {{fish pe|ople}}rson, to a normal, non-white human.



* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Act 5, Scene 1.
** Pretty much all of Prospero's speeches.


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* SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome: Act 5, Scene 1.
** Pretty much all of Prospero's speeches.
27th Dec '13 11:14:10 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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** Antonio. Is he a self-serving bastard who only cares about power, or is he a pragmatic politician who understands the business of ruling far more than his AbsentMindedProfessor brother?
6th Dec '13 8:59:37 PM TheMightyHeptagon
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** Prior to the events shown in the play, was Prospero a wise ruler who studied magic on the side, or was he just a deluded old man who cared more about magic than about his family and responsibilities? Is his antisocial personality the result of his righteous anger at everyone who wronged him, a byproduct of his years of isolation on the island, or has he been that way ever since he took up magic?
2nd Dec '12 12:30:37 AM reconditarmonia
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* ViewerGenderConfusion: Ariel. In the text, he's male, but he's also a fairy, and most modern English speakers think Ariel sounds like a girl's name. He is most likely ''supposed'' to be androgynous, and is as often played female as male. In fact the only indication that he's male is in the stage directions, so you don't even need to change any of the play's text to do this.

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* ViewerGenderConfusion: Ariel. In the text, he's male, but he's also a fairy, and most modern English speakers think Ariel sounds like a girl's name. He is most likely ''supposed'' to be androgynous, and is as often played female as male. In fact the only indication that he's male is in the stage directions, so you don't even need to change any of the play's text to do this.
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