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Is there more toil? Since thou dost give me pains,

Let me remember thee what thou hast promised,

Which is not yet performed me.

Prospero:                                   How now? Moody?

What is’t thou canst demand?

Ariel:                                       My Liberty.


Before the time be out? No more.

Ariel:                                              I prithee,

 Remember I have done thee worthy service,

 Told thee no lies, made no mistakings, served

 Without or grudge or grumblings.  Thou did promise

 To bate me a full year

Prospero:                      Dost thou forget

 From what torment I did free thee?

Ariel:                                                 No.


 Thou dost, and think’st it much to tread the ooze

 Of the salt deep,

 To run upon the sharp wind of the north,

 To do me business in the viens o’ th’ earth

 when it is baked with frost.

Ariel:                                    I do not, sir.


 Thou liest, malignant thing! Hast thou forgot

 The foul witch Sycorax, who with age and envy

 Was grown into a hoop?  Hast thou forgot her?


No, sir.

Contextualizing passage

Wiki paragraph explaining function of postcolonial reading 



“For Ariel, like Caliban, serves Prospero; but Ariel in not a slave. Ariel has been emancipated to the status of a privileged servant. In other words: a lackey” (Lamming, 1960, 152).

“Like some malevolent old bitch with a bad conscience, Prospero’s habit is to make you aware of his power to give. He is an expert at throwing the past in your face” (Lamming, 1960, 153).

"Dramatic action, therefore, is not with a view to the representation of character: character comes in as subsidiary to the actions" (Butcher, 1985, Part VI)

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