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What is the source of Prospero's authority over Ariel?

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wasim | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 17, 2007 at 9:33 PM via web

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What is the source of Prospero's authority over Ariel?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 17, 2007 at 10:55 PM (Answer #1)

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The witch Sycorax had imprisoned Ariel. Prospero freed Arial, and Ariel promised to serve him for a time as payment, so duty + magic.

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