The Tempest - Act 4, Scene 1, Part 1 Summary & Analysis

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Act 4, Scene 1, Part 1 Summary

Prospero tells Ferdinand that all the trials he put him through were tests of his love and devotion to Miranda, and that since he's proved himself worthy he (Prospero) is prepared to give permission for them to marry. He warns him, however, that if he attempts to take her virginity before they're married he will curse their marriage. Ferdinand vows to respect his wishes, and Prospero gives his blessing to the relationship. He then calls Ariel, telling him to lure "the rabble" (Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo) to the place while he (Prospero) magically displays some of his power. Ariel agrees to go, but then asks whether Prospero loves him. Prospero says he does, and Ariel runs out. Prospero turns back to Ferdinand and Miranda, sees Ferdinand is getting a little too familiar, and speaks angrily to him. Ferdinand backs off, and...

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