Act V, Scene 1, 88-171 Summary and Analysis
Prospero has taken off his magician’s robe so that the king and his royal party will be able to recognize him as the former Duke of Milan. After he disrobes, he promises Ariel that he will soon be free. While Ariel helps to attire Prospero in his duke’s clothing, he sings his freedom song. Identifying with the bee that gets its nectar from the flowers of the fields, he looks forward to his freedom when he will live “merrily” in the summer, making his home “under a blossom” hanging on the bough. Prospero tells him he will be missed, but he will, nevertheless, be given his freedom. Ariel is then instructed to remain invisible as he hurries to the king’s ship to bring back the master and the...
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