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Discuss the character of Caliban and his relationship with Prospero Introduction The relationship between Caliban and Prospero has been very fragile since Caliban tried to rape Miranda. Miranda is Prospero's daughter. However, when Prospero first arrived on the island their relationship was much stronger. Caliban was like a teacher's pet and student of humanity to Prospero and Prospero was like the parent Caliban has been deprived of for so long. Caliban showed no remorse after his attempt to violate Miranda and this made Prospero detest him even more. Prospero cannot forgive Caliban and they have a new hatred for each other. From this moment, as punishment for Caliban, Prospero has blown all of Caliban's mistakes out of proportion and punished him accordingly. For this Caliban has plotted to kill Prospero with the aid of Stephano and Trinculo. He has bribed them to help him. Caliban Caliban is neither a man nor an animal. Many people cannot decide if he is a monster or not because of his parents. His mother was Sycorax; she was a known witch who was banished to the island. His father was Setabos, a devil. ...read more.


He tells Stephano and Trinculo to "first possess his books, for without then he is but a sot" his powers are rendered useless without them. Caliban is like 'a bear with a sore head' he is disillusioned and believes he has power, however he feels sorry for himself and that power is somewhat shadowed by Prospero. He isn't able to show this frustration to Prospero. He believes that the island is his and tells Prospero this. "This island's mine by Sycorax my mother". However Caliban never seems to act on this belief, as though something is holding him back. He isn't able to take the island for himself because inside he is scared of Prospero, showing that Prospero is more powerful than him. Caliban seems to rely on his mother for support and defence of his actions. He clings to the only security he has ever known. He says "all the charms of Sycorax, toads, beetles, bats, light on you!" The Relationship Between Caliban and Prospero When Prospero first came to the island he treated Caliban like a pet that was also there to be his servant. He bribed Caliban, like people do to pets to get to co-operate. ...read more.


She seems to be a calming influence on both Caliban and Prospero, and is able to de-fuse heated discussions. Even when Alonzo's ship was sinking in the distance she kept calm and asked her father to settle the waters. She was able to think of the solution as well as the tragedy. It is ironic that Miranda is the calming influence because she is also the cause of most disputes on the island. Prospero hates Caliban for what he did to Miranda. Caliban hates Prospero for the way he has been treated as a result of his actions regarding Miranda. When Caliban plots to kill Prospero he uses Miranda as a bargaining point with Stephano and Prospero found out about this from Ariel. This made Prospero's contempt and disapproval of Caliban increase. It seems Prospero has a personal vendetta to settle with Caliban. Some people would say that statutory rape deserves the death penalty. This would have been too easy in Prospero's eyes. He wants Caliban to suffer the way that he and Miranda have since they were banished from Milan. Some of the anger from this event may be fuelling Prospero's temper and criminal mind. The irony in this play may be what makes it so enjoyable and imaginative to the reader. 1 Catherine Jenkins 110 ...read more.

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