Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Tempest authorship - part 8

The Tempest,  (8)

3.4 Dating The Tempest  cont.

Strachey Letter
Some rebels “by a mutual consent forsook their labour . . . and like outlawes betook them to the wild woods” after which they demanded “two suits of apparel” each from the Governor (pp.49, 50).

The Tempest
Ariel leads Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban to Prospero to trick them into stealing clothes
Ariel: “ … they my lowing follow’d, through Tooth’d briars, sharp furzes, prickin gosse, & thorns
Prospero “The trumpery in my house goe bring it hither …”
Enter Ariel laden with glistering Apparell  (4.1.179-80,186,193)

Strachey Letter
The Governor uncovered an insurrection “before the time was ripe for the execution thereof” following which “every man thenceforth commanded to wear his weapon . . . and every man advised to stand upon his guard” (p.47).

The Tempest
Sebastian and Antonio’s plot against the King is discovered.
Gonzalo: “ I saw their weapons drawne: there was a noyse, That’s verily: ‘tis best we stand upon our guard; Or that we quit this place; let’s draw our weapons”. (2.1.318-20)

Strachey Letter
One of the plotters “was brought forth in manacles” (p.45)

The Tempest
Prospero (to Ferdinand): “ …I’ll manacle thy neck and feet together” (1.2.461)

Strachey Letter
The Spaniard “Gonzalus Ferdinandus Oviedus,” who first described the Bermudas is mentioned (p.18).

The Tempest
Two of the characters in The Tempest are Gonzalo and Ferdinand.

Strachey Letter
At first Gates, refusing to respond in like manner to the barbarous native Indians, “…would not by any meanes be wrought to a violent proceeding against them, for all the practices of villainy, with which they daily endangered our men, thinking it possible, by a more tractable course, to win them to a better condition: but nowhe well perceived, how little a faire and noble intreaty workes upon a barbarous disposition, and therefore in some measure purposed to be revenged” (p.88)

The Tempest
Prospero’s hardening of attitude towards Caliban, after Caliban has attempted to rape Miranda, mirrors the Governor’s change towards the natives.
Miranda: “ … I pitied thee, Took paines to make thee speake, taught thee each hour, One thing or another: when thou didst not (Savage) Know thine own meaning … But thy wild race (Tho thou didst learn) had that in’t, Which good natures Could not abide to be with; therefore wast thou Deservedly confin’d into this Rocke …(1.2.353-61)

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