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Ariel's genderIs Ariel a female or male?Why?
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There is no clear distinction of gender...it lends itself to the magical air of the setting and of Ariel's powers. Remember this is a comedy, and all things are light and fun in a comedy. Besides, there is so much transgender activity in this play, perhaps Shakespeare did it on purpose...no gender for Ariel, and girls are dressing as boys, etc.
Posted by amy-lepore on November 12, 2008 at 5:44 AM (Answer #2)
In Act III, Scene II, around line 55, there is a stage direction that states:
Thunder and lightning. Enter ARIEL, like a harpy, claps his wings upon the table; and, with a quaint device, the banquet vanishes.
With the "his" referring to Ariel, I believe he is intended to be male.
Posted by easyskanking420 on November 12, 2008 at 8:57 PM (Answer #3)
I'm sorry, it is from Act III, Scene III (not Scene II).
Posted by easyskanking420 on November 12, 2008 at 9:50 PM (Answer #4)
Ariel is somewhat gender neutral, although I believe he is most often portrayed by a man. I think Shakespeare's troop was all male, so this is probably the reason why Ariel as a harpy is referred to as a "he."
Posted by eltraylo on March 18, 2009 at 7:20 PM (Answer #5)
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