Caliban's Character In The Tempest

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William Shakespeare 's The Tempest depicts Caliban as a brutish, savage, and monster-like creature, but he is simply misunderstood. Caliban is the subject of one of the various subplots found in the play, also possessing a hunger for revenge. Being the slave of Prospero, Caliban is treated like an animal-like creature by he and all others found on the island, he is intelligent, and constantly being taken advantage of by his master; therefore validating his informal and improper actions. Caliban’s character is described as being deformed, resulting in him being treated with a lack of respect, without being given the chance to prove himself as an equal member of society. In act II scene II, the main point of humor derives from Trinculo’s fascination…show more content…
The main argument supporting the idea that Caliban is a monstrous being is when Caliban states that, “Thou didst prevent [him]. [He] had peopled else this isle with Calibans” (Shakespeare I, ii, 350-351), bluntly admitting that he would be willing to rape Miranda. Although this is an act that deems unforgivable, Caliban treats Miranda like this and harbors these inconsiderate traits because he does not know any better. He had no mentor, nor a guide to teach him to act civil and polite. Just as Prospero wishes revenge onto those who betrayed he and his daughter, Caliban wishes revenge upon his master by violating his daughter. However, this singular act of foolishness is outnumbered by Caliban’s intelligence. Caliban states, “You taught me language, and my profit on’t is, I know how to curse” (Shakespeare I, ii, 363-364). At times throughout the play, Caliban speaks in poetry, a sophisticated way of talk that is associated with individuals with more importance. Caliban’s ability to learn and retain a language, and speak in a knowledgeable manner contradict the conclusions that are often made claiming Caliban as a mindless
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