The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0978 Monday, 30 April 2001
From: Judith M. Craig <
Date: Friday, 27 Apr 2001 13:40:55 -0400
Subject: 12.0952 Re: Ariel's Gender
Comment: Re: SHK 12.0952 Re: Ariel's Gender
Florence Amit writes:
<Ariel is the name of a seraph. It means God's lion - <without gender, I
In my essay on "The Tempest" ("Spirit Prison in a Tree: Metamorphoses
from Ovid to 'The Tempest' in "Providence: Studies in Western
Civilization," Fall/Winter 1999), I have asserted that Ariel is a name
for "hero" or "mountain (lion?) of god" taken from Isaiah 29:1-7:
1) Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to
year; let them kill sacrifices.
2) Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow:
and it shall be unto me as Ariel. . . . .
7) And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even
all that fight against her and her munition, and that distress her,
shall be as a dream of a night vision.
Judith M. Craig
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