In The Tempest, there is a common motif of masters and servants. This made me think of the book and movie The Help. For those of you who don’t know much about it, most of the book/movie follows two maids, along with following the woman who writes a book about stories of different maids. Minny Jackson, one of the two maids, is sassy and unafraid to act on her feelings or speak her mind. For example, out of revenge, Minny gives her cruel former employer “special pie,” which was made of poop. After watching her eat the pie, she bluntly informs her of the ingredients. Caliban, in The Tempest, reveals to be similar, like when speaking to Prospero he tells him he wished magic spells could plague Prospero with toads, beetles, and bats. On the other hand, Aibileen Clark, the other maid focused on in The Help, acts much more submissive. She obeys even the most awful commands out of love towards Mae Mobley, who is Aibileen’s employer’s neglected young daughter. In The Tempest, Ariel is similar to Aibileen. Ariel carries out virtually every task that Prospero needs accomplished, like Aibileen. The difference between Ariel and Aibileen is that Aibileen ultimately stands up to her employer, while Ariel does not (or at least hasn’t done so yet).

-McClain

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