Question: What is the dramatic purpose of the quarrel between Prospero and Ariel?
Answer:I. To give Prospero an opportunity, when chiding Ariel, to inform the spectators of the drama
of Ariel's history, which information it is absolutely necessary they should have in order to appreciate
Ariel's part in the action of the drama. II. To give
an opportunity for the revelation of the characters of Prospero and Ariel.
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