The Tempest Act IV, Scene 1, lines 1-163 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act IV, Scene 1, lines 1-163 Summary and Analysis

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Iris: goddess of the rainbow; Juno’s messenger

Ceres: goddess of agriculture

Juno: goddess of the Pantheon; patroness of marriage; wife of Jupiter

Nymphs and Reapers: spirits of the dance

Summary
The scene begins with Ferdinand culminating his trial of log-bearing. Prospero assures him that his austere punishment has simply been a trial of his love for Miranda, and he has “stood the test.” As a reward, Prospero presents him with a “rich gift,” his daughter Miranda. He tells Ferdinand that he will soon realize she will be everything her father says she is and more. She now belongs to Ferdinand, but Prospero warns him that if he breaks...

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