In Act 1, Scene 2, lines 189-260 of The Tempest, what is the relationship between Prospero and Ariel?

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malenig eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Ariel has great admiration and respect for his master, Prospero.  He addresses Prospero with the words, "All hail, great master, grave sir, hail!"  He also obeys to the letter all the commands of Prospero and enjoys telling him in detail how he carried out his plan. He delights in serving and pleasing Prospero.  In turn, Prospero is greatly pleased with Ariel. When Prospero tells Ariel there is more to do, Ariel is disappointed because he believes he has earned his liberty, which Prospero had promised him.  Prospero rebukes Ariel sternly, almost as a parent would a child.  However, it is obvious that Ariel feels shame for demanding freedom when Prospero still needs him.  He answers Prospero's questions with very short answers which suggest shame and remorse. He is reminded by Prospero how the witch, Sycorax, had imprisoned him (Ariel) in a "cloven pine," and how Prospero had freed him from this torment; thus Ariel is bound to Prospero by ties of gratitude.

malibrarian eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This scene clearly demonstrates the subservience of Ariel to Prospero.  Ariel creates the storm, as ordered by Prospero, then comes back and reports his success to Prospero.  Prospero then tells Ariel that he has more work for him to do, which makes Ariel mad, as he was supposed to be freed from servitude to Prospero.  Prospero threatens him with 12 more years of servitude if Ariel doesn't quit his complaining.

chanel12345 | Student

prospero is ariels master and arielis prosperos slave

chanel12345 | Student

ariel feels at home with prospero


shiiina | Student

Ariel shows total obedience to Prospero by saying he will do whatever he tells him to: to fly, to swim, to jump into fire and to ride on the clouds in the sky. He seems to be afraid of Prospero and obeys him out of fear

najiha | Student

master and servant relationship

minjung119 | Student

master and servant

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