The Tempest Act I, Scene 2, lines 375-504 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act I, Scene 2, lines 375-504 Summary and Analysis

New Character
Ferdinand: the son of Alonso, the King of Naples; the prince is later betrothed to Miranda

Summary
Ariel, invisible to all except Prospero, appears as a “nymph o’ th’ sea,” playing and singing as he leads Ferdinand, the king’s son, onto the shore of the island. Addressing his invisible attendant spirits, Ariel instructs them to hush the “wild waves” into silence as they imitate the dance. He welcomes Ferdinand onto the island of domestic habitation with its sounds of dogs and roosters in the distance and the graces of music and harmony to soothe his troubled spirit. The music seems like a supernatural presence to Ferdinand who is unable to locate its source. Drawing...

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