Act 2, Scene 1

Plan to Overthrow

Character Analysis

Antonio

Ambitious:

"SEBASTIAN

I remember

You did supplant your brother Prospero.


ANTONIO

True.

And look how well my garments sit upon me,

Much feater than before. My brother’s servants

Were then my fellows. Now they are my men."




Sebastian

Gonzalo

Liar:

"It’s true I heard a humming sound, a strange one, which woke me up. I shook you and shouted at you, sir. When I opened my eyes, I saw their swords out. There was a noise, that’s certainly true. We should either be on guard here constantly or move to a different camp. Let’s draw our own swords too."

Theme: Is it right to manipulate others to get our way or wishes.

"A space whose every cubit seems to cry out, 'How shall that Claribel measure us back to Naples? Keep in Tunis, and let Sebastian wake.' Say, this were death that now hath seized them; why, they were no worse than now they are. There be that can rule Naples as well as he that sleeps; lords that can prate as amply and unnecessarily as this Gonzalo; I myself could make a chough of as deep chat. O, that you bore the mind that I do! what a sleep were this for your advancement! Do you understand me (Shakespeare 2.1)?"

Important Quotes

SEBASTIAN

"I remember

You did supplant your brother Prospero." (Shakespeare 2.1).

ANTONIO- "True.

And look how well my garments sit upon me,

Much feater than before. My brother’s servants

Were then my fellows. Now they are my men" (Shakespeare 2.1).

ANTONIO

"She that is Queen of Tunis; she that dwells

Ten leagues beyond man’s life; she that from Naples

Can have no note, unless the sun were post—

The man i' th' moon’s too slow—till newborn chins

Be rough and razorable; she that from whom

We all were sea-swallowed, though some cast again,

And by that destiny to perform an act

Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come

In yours and my discharge" (Shakespeare 2.1).

Discussion Questions

1. What is Antonio trying to convince Sebastian to do?


2. What happens when Gonzalo wakes up?