Ferdinand performs his task of carrying backbreaking logs under his will as Prospero his captor watches from afar.
Unlike Caliban who hates and hides from the "spirits" he thinks Prospero sent to torture him, Ferdinand who actually undergoes Prospero's magic endures it because of his feelings and want for Miranda. He has hope for his future, unlike Caliban who has none.
Miranda approaches Ferdinand and insists on him taking a break or to let her do it because she can't bear to see him work this hard. Ferdinand declines, saying that he'd rather break his back then let her do such work. They confess their love for each other and decide to get married.
Prospero is elated to see his daughter truly happy and in love with a worthy man for her. He watches them joyfully then returns to his studying and serious business he must take care of.
Caliban meets Trinculo and Stephan and tells them that he wants them to kill Prospero for revenge and to no longer be his servant. During this time, Ariel listens to their conversation unobserved by the others and creates tension between Caliban and Trinculo by pretending one of them is talking back to the other. In the end, Stephano agrees with the plan to kill Prospero, marry Miranda, and become ruler of the land.
Act III Scene II
Act III Scene III
Sebastian, Alonso, Antonio, and Gonzalo look for Ferdinand, and Sebastian quietly promises to kill his brother at the next opportunity to Antonio. The two traitors don't seem to be scared or to have learned their lesson from last time. The four characters start walking when they suddenly hear music and spirits enter with food for all of them to eat. Just as their about to eat the food is swept away in lightning and thunder.
Ariel appears and warns them about their sins and how this is going to be revenge from Prospero for betraying him. He tells them that fate took Alonso's son away from him. He tells them that the only way to get out of it is to feel truly guilty in their hearts and to live innocent lives from now on. Prospero watches as Ariel tells them this and is very satisfied with the effect it has.
Alonso feels very guilty and decides to find his son or die trying along with him because he feels very guilty, and Sebastian and Antonio foolishly decide to kill all the spirits on the island. Alonso is very distraught and Sebastian and Antonio are angry, so Gonzalo commands some men to follow the three nobles. He is afraid that they will be manipulated and punished by guilt.