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Caliban and Prospero

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Corinne Collett Monday, 23 July 2001 Caliban and Prospero In our Drama lesson, we were given an extract from act one, scene two, from a Shakespeare play, called the Tempest. We had to make the audience side with Caliban or Prospero. We chose to make the audience side with Caliban. We did this with these communication skills: Facial expression, tone of voice, body movement, posture, muscle tension and gesture. This is what we did and why: When Caliban says 'as wicked dew as e'er my mother brushed with raven's feather from unwholesome fen drop on you both. A south-west blow on ye and blister you all o'er.' Caliban will be sat on the floor, this will make him seem weak and formulate the audience sympathising towards him, and it makes Caliban look nervous and terrified like Prospero is bullying him. Prospero is pacing around Caliban and trying to gain eye contact with him, which makes him seem strong and confident. When ever eye contact is gained between the pair, Caliban looks away quickly, covering his eyes with hands, or looking at the floor, which also shows he is weaker. ...read more.

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For I am all the subjects that you have, which first was mine own king: and here you sty me In this hard rock, whiles you do keep from the rest o'th'isle.' Caliban is stood up, looking Prospero in the eye, but you can still tell he is nervous because he looks at the floor often, then building his confidence back up to look Prospero in the eye once again. Prospero looks disappointed in himself, but then, near the end of Caliban's speech, Prospero starts to look angry. Caliban moved back and forth, and in circles in a nervous manner, meanwhile, Prospero stands still with his head held high, showing he is more confident than Caliban, and he is the stronger character. After about ten seconds, Prospero shouts 'Thou most lying slave,' Caliban shies away from him as Prospero steps forwards. Prospero says 'whom stripes may move, not kindness! I have used thee, filth as thou art, with human care, and lodged thee in mine own cell, till thou didst seek to violate the honour of my child.' ...read more.

Conclusion

The red plague rid you for learning me you language.' Prospero interrupts Caliban. 'Hag-seed, hence!' This makes Caliban jump and put his hands over his eyes once again. 'Fetch us in fuel-and be quick, thou'rt best, to answer other business. Shrug'st thou, Malice? If thou neglect'st, or dost unwillingly what I command, I'll rack thee with old cramps, fill all thy bones with aches, make thee roar, that beasts shall tremble at thy din.' 'No I pray thee!' Caliban says in terror, he then turns to the audience and says 'I must obey. His art is of such power; it would control my dam's god setebos, and make a vassal of him. He says this quietly and clearly to make the audience listen better and get them on his side. 'So slave hence!' Prospero shouts across the stage to Caliban. Caliban walks in a uneasy manner off the stage, as he walks past Prospero, he flinches like he things Prospero will harm him. I think we completed this task well, Prospero and Caliban repeated their actions a lot, if I could do this task again, I would try to make them do different things to make it more appealing to the audience. ...read more.

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