The Tempest

the tempest

Based on the exchange between the boatswain and passengers in these lines, infer how the boatswain feels about his passengers and explain how you can tell. What can you infer about the characters of Alonso, Antonio, and Gonzalo? What evidence supports your inference?

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The boatswain thinks his passengers are entitled, spoiled, and whining people. The boatswain says that even kings cannot "command these elements" of wind and water, and tells Antonio and Sebastian that they can either "keep below" or help the sailors. The noblemen take offense at being ordered around by a mere sailor, and both show a mean-tempered streak in this encounter.