Ferdinand's Feelings Toward Melinda In "The Tempest"

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From the Tempest play, we are introduced to the character known as Ferdinand in act 1 scene 2. We know very little about Ferdinand except that he is the heir to the throne of Naples and is of an upper class. He is the son of Alonso - the present king of Naples. Apart from this, we have very little information on this particular character at this time.
In this essay I will be studying the feelings of Ferdinand towards Miranda, using two scenes extracts from the play. (Act 1 scene 2 and Act 3 scene 1.)

Our first meeting with Ferdinand is when he is shipwrecked upon the island, segregated from the remaining royal entourage. His first paragraph of speech is one of confusion and distress, as he is perplexed over the sound of music drifting in from an unknown place.
ACT 1 – Scene 2

“Where should this music be?... weeping again the King my father’s wreck”. Before Ferdinand has even met Miranda, we as the audience are exposed to a brief exert of Ferdinand’s true character, showing us his sympathetic and innocent features.

After Ferdinand has finally met Miranda, we see how affable he is as his first words to Miranda are ones of praise and astonishment. He instantly falls in love with her. During this initial encounter we see how the heir of Naples is almost lost for words. However he is polite enough to confirm if Miranda is legitimate for marriage. We see this when he says, “If you be maid or no”.

He is not afraid to show his sympathetic and sensitive characteristics to Miranda. As he describes his traumatic experience of losing his father and being shipwrecked and admits how he wept over those events. Already despite only just meeting her, he told her about his personal experiences.

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