The Tempest - Study Guide Act 3, Scene 2 Summary & Analysis

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Caliban, Trinculo, and Stephano appear, all three now very drunk. As Stephano brags about his escape from the ship, Caliban vows again to serve him, saying he doesn't like Trinculo. Trinculo reacts indignantly, but Stephano tells him to be quiet. Ariel appears and listens as Caliban speaks at length to Stephano about how Prospero controls him (Caliban), how desperate he is to break free of that control, and how he hopes Stephano will kill Prospero so he can break free. All the while Ariel playfully and mockingly interjects, mimicking Trinculo's voice. Stephano becomes more and more angry with Trinculo, who insists with increasing indignation that he said nothing.

At one point Stephano beats Trinculo, who moves away, and then listens as Caliban details a plan for killing Prospero and stealing away Miranda, whom he says is beautiful and would make a good wife. He specifically...

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