Stephano Character Analysis
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Alonso's butler. Stephano is a comical character who spends the whole play drunk. When Caliban mistakes him for a god because he gives Caliban wine and gets him drunk, Stephano begins to fancy himself a king. Caliban's plot to murder Prospero is therefore very appealing to him, as are the showy garments Prospero and Ariel lay out to trap him.
The The Tempest quotes below are all either spoken by Stephano or refer to Stephano. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Simon & Schuster edition of The Tempest published in 2004.).
Act 3, scene 2 Quotes
Give me thy hand. I am sorry I beat thee. But while thou liv'st, keep a good tongue in thy head.
The timeline below shows where the character Stephano appears in The Tempest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2, scene 2
...owners of such a marvelous liquid must be gods. Kneeling in worship, Caliban declares himself Stephano's subject. Stephano enjoys the admiration of the "monster" (as Trinculo repeatedly calls Caliban) and relishes... (full context)
Caliban volunteers to show them around the island and expresses a hope that Stephano might be able to deliver him from servitude to Prospero. Stephano, meanwhile, fantasizes about becoming... (full context)
Act 3, scene 2
...in celebration but cannot recall the tune they want to sing. Ariel supplies it, throwing Stephano and Trinculo into a fright. Caliban reassures them, delivering a lyrical speech about the island's... (full context)
Act 4, scene 1
Act 5, scene 1
...find the ship miraculously restored to perfect condition. Next, Prospero asks Ariel to release Caliban, Stephano, and Trinculo from their spell and bring them forward in their stolen absurd clothes. Prospero... (full context)