Friday, August 2, 2019
Speeches in The Tempest versus As You Like It :: William Shakespeare
The speeches delivered by Prospero and Jacques each hold extensive contrasting differences. Both Prospero, the tempestuous protagonist in The Tempest, and Jacques, a minor melancholy character in As You Like It, see things in a dissimilar light. They have gone through things in their lives that have shaped their thoughts and opinions on certain topics. Prospero and JacquesÃ¢â¬â¢ show this in their moods and then in the subjects of which they speak. By perceiving the contrasting objects in Prospero and JacquesÃ¢â¬â¢ speeches, we find that they are quite different in character. Things that have happened, to both Prospero and Jacques, have had an effect on their moods. Before Prospero delivers his speech, he discovers that Miranda and Ferdinand are in love and declares happily, Ã¢â¬Å"It goes on, I see, as my soul prompts itÃ¢â¬ (Act 1 scene 2, (424-425). Then cheerfully adds, Ã¢â¬Å"So glad of this as they I cannot be, who are surprised withal. But my rejoicingÃ¢â¬ (Act 3 scene 1, (95-97). Jacques, on the other hand, when hearing Duke Senior state, Ã¢â¬Å"Thou seest we are not all alone unhappyÃ¢â¬ (Act 2 scene 7, (138-141) openly disagrees. He then proclaims, Ã¢â¬Å"to speak my mind, and I will through and through cleanse the foul body thÃ¢â¬â¢ infected world, if they will patiently receive my medicineÃ¢â¬ (Act 2 scene 7, (138-141). His view of the word seems to poison his mind resulting in his despondent mood. The events that occurred to Prospero and Jacques find a place in their thoughts and are responsible for altering their attitu des. The disposition of Prospero and JacquesÃ¢â¬â¢s speeches differ seeing as ProsperoÃ¢â¬â¢s shows signs of happiness while JacquesÃ¢â¬â¢ only shows a depressing hue. Prospero shows a happy tint to his speech namely when he says Ã¢â¬Å"Be cheerful, sir. Our revels now are endedÃ¢â¬ (Act4 scene1, (147-148). Jacques, contrastingly, shows his ever-present melancholy personality by saying words that have negative tones such as Ã¢â¬Å"MewlingÃ¢â¬ ¦pukingÃ¢â¬ ¦ whiningÃ¢â¬ ¦ [and] Ã¢â¬ ¦unwillingÃ¢â¬ (Act2 scene7, (147Ã¢â¬ ¦150). The attitudes that Prospero and Jacques have, reflect in the content of their speeches. Prospero speaks more about heavenly things while Jacques spends his whole speech addressing the life of man. Prospero seems to be fascinated by mostly spirits and heavenly structures as found in the following passage: Ã¢â¬Å"These our actors, as I foretold you, were all spirits and are melted into air, into thin air Ã¢â¬ ¦[along with] the cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, [and] the solemn templesÃ¢â¬ (Act4 scene1, (148-153).