Relationships In The Tempest

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On the other hand, Oscar is unwilling to accept any woman’s actions against his desires and does not give them possible options for their relationship together. When seeing this after having read about Miranda’s open discovery of Ferdinand, the reader can better understand the problems with Oscar’s expectation for his relationship. He wants to control them and their interactions, applying his fantasies about women in reality without any reasonable justification for doing so. For example, Oscar’s relationship with Jenni ends badly when he sees her with another man, “called her a whore and attacked her walls…” (187). Oscar feels like he should have some aspect of control over Jenni’s life, being upset although he and Jenni just had a fight and …show more content…
Ybon and Ferdinand are both in similar situations with their romantic partners. Both are encountering love interests that have very quickly fallen in love with them, created some kind of ideal image of their future relationship, and have told them about their passionate feelings. In The Tempest, Ferdinand quickly realizes his love for Miranda like she did for him, saying that “beyond all limit of what else i’ th’ world, / do love, prize, honor you” (3.1.85-86). Their relationship is mutual and they both give romantic signs before Miranda’s proposal. Throughout this scene, Ferdinand has been lovingly complimenting her, such as declaring that “Admired Miranda! / Indeed the top of admiration, worth / What’s dearest to the world! ...” (3.1.47-49). Ferdinand already knows that he loves her before he consents to her proposal of marriage, so his acceptance is not quite as sudden. He does hesitate for a moment before agreeing, although reacting well in response: “my mistress, dearest, and I thus humble ever” (3.1.104). Although she does have to push him to officially accept, “my husband, then?,” she is more easily able to tell that Ferdinand is interested in her from their previous interactions (3.1.105). Miranda and Ferdinand’s relationship is built on a mutual feeling towards …show more content…
When seen in light of The Tempest, their interactions are problematic as Oscar never listens to her concerns unlike Ferdinand and Miranda’s open communication about their mutually developing feelings. Oscar has trouble communicating with Ybon because he fails to understand her issues. In one case, Ybon tells him “I don’t want you to end up hurt or dead. Go home” (318). However, Oscar just responds with “but beautiful girl, above all beautiful girls...this is my home” (318). Here, he cannot understand Ybon’s real fear for him. Additionally, Oscar follows Ybon everywhere, unable to be deterred. Ybon describes his constant chasing of her as “…pure terror…she didn’t want nothing to do with him” (317). To make the situation worse, Oscar knew that he was scaring her, “…but he couldn’t help it” (317). Oscar continues to propose “…the plans he had to marry her and take her back to the States” and harass her, even after she told him about her fear (318). This relationship is clearly unhealthy when viewed through the lens of Miranda and Ferdinand. While Miranda quickly reacts to Ferdinand with passionate feelings of love, she respects him and pursues the relationship with mutual cues of interest. However, Oscar fails to listen to Ybon’s concerns and notice the lack of romance on her part, believing passionately

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