What is the dramatic significance of this episode within the play? Discuss Ferdinands character. As the saying goes, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar; Ariel, being the "honey", was able to appeal to Prospero's better nature by obeying him and making him feel that his authority was respected.
Do they have anything in common? You can explore two specific episodes or consider the play as a whole. Are you familiar with the post-colonial theory?
How does it play a role in Prosperos downfall?
Compare plots to murder Alonso and Prospero. Do they have the same greed for power? Make a comparison of the powers of Ariel, Caliban, and Prospero.
What role does magic play at the close of the book? For this reason, Ariel's reaction was far more effective, as he is able to psychologically "read" Prospero and almost "play" him in a way by appearing compliant and respectful even if he is only acting this way in order to force Prospero to keep his promise.