ArielAriel is an airy spirit, which Prospero rescued from imprisonment and now controls. It can fly, play magical music, misdirect people, turn invisible, and create storms and fire, among other abilities. Ariel's gender is uncertain and probably indeterminate; it is referred to sometimes as "he," but also takes on female forms (for instance, the nymph of I.ii.301 and the harpy of III.iii.53ff) and spends much of its time invisible. It is probably simplest to think of Ariel as an androgynite. *Learn more about Ariel*
Ariel is represented by Jeannie of I Dream of Jeannie: Jeannie is enslaved to a master, just like Ariel, because she was rescued from imprisonment in a bottle (In Ariel's case the imprisonment is in a tree). Jeannie can perform magic and make wishes come true. Although Jeannie is in the form of a woman, she is really not a person at all, as she does not have any human rights and only exists to please her master. This is true of Ariel as well.