Throughout the conversation between Antonio and Sebastian, Shakespeare uses specific language and different ways so that Antonio persuades Sebastian to make his evil plan so that he becomes king of Naples.
In this scene, there is a constant repetition of the word “hope”. Using this technique, Shakespeare is trying to convey the reader the idea that Antonio is trying to make Sebastian kill his brother Alonso.
In addition, Shakespeare uses a lot the imagery of water. We can see this almost in all the story, but the strongest lines related to this imagery were said by Sebastian and Antonio. Sebastian is still uncertain whether he can do such thing when he says “Well, I am standing water” (II, i, 198). Antonio persuades him to help, and says “I´ll teach you how to flow” (II, I, 199). The water imagery of the two is connected to the play´s theme of revenge, because Antonio´s line shows us that he is truly the evil character and means to kill Alonso. The use of imagery in this situation helps us to better comprehend Antonio and Sebastian´s character.
Furthermore, the imagery of dream also appears in this act. This it is clearly shown when Sebastian states “It is a sleepy language, and thou speak´st out of thy sleep” (II,i,189). This line, are connected to the theme of real vs illusion, such as dream compared to everyday life. Images have a strong thematic effect, which is to cause the reader to think of what is real and what is no, or even the events on stage are real, or if the world is merely a stage.
In conclusion, the images of sleep, dream and water all make it easier for the reader to comprehend the many complex themes that are evident in The Tempest.