For the first time, Prospero can fully reveal its true nature. After all, there is no need to be punishable or autocratic, and he can simply enjoy the happiness of his daughter. In these few moments, the audience can see how Prospero is, without the weight of revenge or control that motivates his actions. Even in his gentleness and goodwill towards Ferdinand, Prospero does not forget that he is still Miranda`s father, and as such, he is responsible for her until she is safe. Therefore, considerable time is spent warning Ferdinand that he must control his desire until the marriage takes place. Prospero warns the young man that « sterile hatred, disdain and discord » will be his reward if he cannot control his desire (IV.1, 19-20). All of this corresponds to the expected parenting role. Miranda is even more innocent than most young women because she didn`t have the socialization that other young women would see. Because of her isolation, she is more vulnerable and her father is aware of her purity of heart.
But he is also a father who is facing the imminent loss of his only child, and so one can expect his excessive warnings to Ferdinand to control his desire. The engagement ceremony is sealed by a mask and, according to the motive of reality and illusion, this mask uses mythical goddesses and Greek and Roman mythology. The goddesses are chosen for their symbolism and attachment to nature and represent the promise of fertility and fertility, heavenly purity and an eternal spring of love. As the goddess of the rainbow, Iris promises spring rains that result in a lush harvest. As Juno`s messenger, she also represents the blessing of the gods on this fiancé. When Juno appears, his presence confirms the blessing of heaven, and as Juno is the goddess of marriage and birth, her presence is the promise of a happy union for the couple and a blessing from many children. Finally, ceres` appearance also promises the blessing of nature for this marriage. Together, goddesses are the promise of heavenly harmony, fertile harvests and eternal seasons without winter. Venus, which emphasizes abandonment and sexual love, is deliberately excluded because the mask focuses on honorable marriage. Antonio betrays Prospero by planning with Alonso to kick him out of Milan and take his place as duke.
The pastoral tradition focuses on a nostalgic image of the peace and simplicity of the life of shepherds and other rural people in an idealized natural environment. Pastoral poese is characterized by a state of satisfaction and an emphasis on contemplative life. As with most masks, The Prospero Mask focuses on these pastoral motifs, with harvests and nymphs celebrating the country`s fertility.