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Who do you think changes the most in character and love in Act 3 Scene 1 of "The...

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cathy-lipgloss | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 18, 2009 at 9:51 AM via web

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Who do you think changes the most in character and love in Act 3 Scene 1 of "The Tempest"?  Ferdinand or Miranda?

In Act 3 Scene 1 of 'The Tempest' how do you think Ferdinand and Miranda show their feelings to one another and how would you compare them...who do you think changes the most and why?

Many people I know said Ferdinand because he has come from a Prince to a King (which he wasn't happy about because that would mean that his father was dead - which of course we all know is not the case) and then he became Prospero's servant.

Another way in which my classmates thought he had changed was that he was grieving about the loss of his father but as soon as he saw Miranda he says that all his problems he had before are only small.

I was wondering if anyone knew of any ways that Miranda has changed the most.  Thanks for your help!

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 19, 2009 at 11:54 AM (Answer #2)

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A tough question, but I'd have to go with Ferdinand. My reasoning is that as a prince, Ferdinand has likely never had to do brute labor for anything in his life. However, he's hauling logs willingly to earn a bit of time with Miranda. He is aware of the limits of his station (he doesn't want to become king inappropriately), and so is a good guy, but he has to have been spoiled up to this point. Miranda does go through some emotional extremes, but I don't think she changes as much: all of the extremes could be seen as variations on her innocence and lack of exposure to the world.

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