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Shakespeare is the hero, dare we say, the god, of Classic English Literature. Words that we use today, over 1700 of them, did not exist until Shakespeare, like “fashionable” and “elbow” (Mabillard). He wanted to describe something, so instead of finding a word to express the meaning, he made them up. These new words are found throughout his plays. From Hamlet to Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare has covered about every topic and every character available. He sometimes re-uses characters, and just tweaks them a bit, to keep things interesting. Banquo from Macbeth, and Ariel from The Tempest, are an example of this same character, different traits, that Shakespeare uses. Banquo and Ariel are both similar in a way, as they are both extremely loyal to the main character within each of their plays. In Macbeth, when Macbeth learns of the thane of Cawdor’s death sentence, and him possibly receiving that title, Banquo congratulates Macbeth, but also notes “...’tis strange. And oftentimes, to win us to our harm, the instruments of darkness tell us truths, win us with honest trifles, to betray’s in deepest consequence” (Act 1, Scene 3, lines 124-128). He cares for Macbeth, and joyous of the news received by the witches, but is also wary that it might be a trick. Ariel in The Tempest is similar to Banquo, as he is loyal to his master, Prospero. When Ariel is first introduced in the play, the first words out of his mouth are “All hail, great master! Grave sir, hail! To answer thy best pleasure, be’t to fly, to swim, to dive into the fire, to ride on the curled clouds. To thy strong bidding, task Ariel and all his quality” (Act 1, Scene 2, lines 190-194). Ariel truly cares for Prospero, even though he is subject to Prospero’s will... ... middle of paper ... ...espeare has these characters on recycle, but changes them just enough to give two different people. That is a talent that is hard to find in current times. Works Cited Gilbert, Allan H. "'The Tempest': Parallelism in Characters and Situations." The Journal of English and German Philology. Vol. 1. N.p.: University of Illinois Press, 1915. 63-74. Print. Henneberger, Olive. "Banquo, Loyal Subject." College English. Vol. 1. N.p.: National Council of Teachers of English, 1946. 18-22. Print. Mabillard, Amanda. "Words Shakespeare Invented." Shakespeare Online. N.p., 20 Aug. 2000. Web. 12 Jan. 2014. Smith, Irwin. "Ariel and the Masque in The Tempest." Shakespeare Quarterly. Vol. 3. N.p.: Folger Shakespeare Library, 1970. 213-22. Print. Stein, Arnold. "Macbeth and Word-Magic." The Sewanee Review. Vol. 2. N.p.: n.p., 1951. 271-84. Print.
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