The Tempest

What does the masque symbolize in The Tempest? What is the deeper commentary about marriage? What do the goddesses emphasize as the most important aspect of marriage, and what do they deemphasize?

Act 5 Scene 1

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Um, didn't you know already?

The betrothal masque is performed for the party by some of Prospero's magical spirits; Juno, Ceres, and Iris are the goddesses who are represented within the masque, and the play speaks about the bounties of a good marriage, and blesses the happy couple.