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Last Post 09/19/2010 1:19 PM by  Marsha Guyette
Analysis of Five "Important Quotations Explained"
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Dean Baylor

09/12/2010 12:03 PM

    Miranda (The Tempest)

    Homework Assignment for Week 6 (September 19, 2010):

    In the 'Spark Notes' on THE TEMPEST, Five Important Quotations are Explained.
    Read these quotations to further your understanding of their meaning.

    Post any analysis you choose to share with the class.


    1) "You taught me language, and my profit on't
    is I know how to curse. The red plague rid you
    For learning me your language!" (I.ii. 366-368)

    2) "There be some sports are painful, and their labour
    Delight in them sets off. Some kinds of baseness
    Are nobly undergone, and most poor matters
    Point to rich ends. This my mean task
    Would be as heavy to me as odious, but
    The mistress which I serve quickens what's dead
    And makes my labours pleasures." (III.i. 1-7)

    3) "[I weep] at mine unworthiness, that dare not offer
    What I desire to give, and much less take
    What I shall die to want. But this is trifling,
    And all the more it seeks to hide itself
    The bigger bulk it shows. Hence, bashful cunning,
    And prompt me, plain and holy innocence.
    I am your wife, if you will marry me.
    If not, I'll die your maid. To be your fellow
    You may deny me, but I'll be your servant
    Whether you will or no (III.i. 77-86)

    4) "Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,
    Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
    Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
    Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices
    That, if I then had waked after long sleep
    Will make me sleep again; and then in dreaming
    The clouds methought would open and show riches
    Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
    I cried to dream again (III.ii. 130-138)

    5) "Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
    As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
    Are melted into air, into thin air;
    And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
    The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
    The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
    Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve;
    And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
    Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on, and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep. (IV.i. 148-158)

    09/12/2010 9:22 PM
    To Brian, Marsha & Dean: I feel that I am in the company of Adepts beating my brain for the previous 4 weeks and now this humongus Analysis---------and I love it!/C
    constance welzel
    Marsha Guyette

    09/12/2010 9:48 PM
    Constance, It's really funny that you used the words "beating my brain." If you recall, Caliban wanted their group of drunkards to "brain" Prospero. He kept saying things about wanting to hurt Prospero's brain! You are getting this stuff in your own precious way and I love to hear that you love it!

    And by the way, just read the analyses of the 5 important quotes. It is not required that you write your own analysis. You are welcome and encouraged to comment about a quote or an analysis---only if you choose to do so.
    Marsha L. Guyette
    Donna Korth

    09/19/2010 8:05 AM
    Re: Explanation for Quotation 5

    Prospero's conclusions, his willingness to give it all up, to surrender to the responsibilities he was originally given, is a picture (to me) of coming to that place in the road of life where we see that we are required to make that important choice: Will we continue with our daliances, our entertainments, our succumbing to peer pressure, family mesmerisms, (which are all unreal, basically) OR WILL WE GET ON OUR KNEES BEFORE OUR FATHER/MOTHER GOD TO OBEY AND FOLLOW OUR 'REASON FOR BEING'? Prospero was able to give up his unreal life and move on to complete his assignments, to fulfill his reason for being.
    Marsha Guyette

    09/19/2010 1:19 PM
    You have articulated what is perhaps the most significant element about Prospero's character and then you have demonstrated your own internalization and application of this key principle on the path of the adept. Well done on behalf of us all!
    Marsha L. Guyette
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