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Re: Shakespeare's The Tempest
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0512  Thursday, 21 February 2002

From:           Mike Jensen <
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Date:           Wednesday, 20 Feb 2002 08:31:11 -0800
Subject: 13.0486 Re: Shakespeare's The Tempest
Comment:        Re: SHK 13.0486 Re: Shakespeare's The Tempest

Todd Lidh wrote,

>Prospero is, in fact, no longer a
>magician by the time the play opens. As I traced magical events through
>the course of the play, I found that he never performs any direct magic
>(I treat the slumbering of Miranda, yes); it is Ariel who does so.

Some people I respect, like Valerie Ross of Stanford University, also
believe this.  It provokes my incredulity.  There is not only Miranda's
snooze button, and NO INDICATION IN THE TEXT THAT ARIEL PUSHES IT, there
is also the masque, and the command of heavenly music, to name just
three.  I've never understood why Valerie is so convinced of this.
Perhaps you can navigate these rocks?

Mike Jensen

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