Here’s the summary for Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies
Summary of Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies
“Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies” is the poem based on Christian mythology taken from Shakespeare’s play named “The Tempest”. Ferdinand, Prince of Naples, who falsely thinks that his father is drowned and the soul Ariel sings this song to him.
Ariel says that Ferdinand’s father is no longer alive, emotionless and is lying thirty feet below in the sea bed. Ariel gives sympathy to the Prince by saying that death is a meaningful change, because he is very sad to miss his father in a sea-wind. He says that his father’s bones have turned into coral and eyes into pearls. He is respected by Sea-nymphs every hour with death bell. None of his body parts have wasted but transferred into more significant and valuable things. Ariel professes that he is listening to the ding dong sound of the bell.
In this poem, death is shown as an important and relevant transformation that is vital for this world. Death is not an obvious end but only a process of transformation into another natural object. The main theme of this song is that – the man who is a component of nature transforms into other natural objects after death. Ferdinand’s father’s body has been changed into something more priceless, valuable and strange object. His bones have swapped into corals and eyes into pearls. Even after death, nymphs welcome him respectfully and warmly in heaven by ringing the bell.
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