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How does Shakespeare use language to describe Caliban?

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How does Shakespeare use language to describe Caliban? The Tempest is written by famous playwright William Shakepeare in 1611. In the play, Caliban is considered the most interesting character ever created by Shakespeare because he represents a range of different characteristics. Often referred as a monster, Caliban is Prospero?s filthy slave that inhibits the island before the magician takes over. By looking deeply at Caliban?s language, the audience see Caliban?s identity throughout the play. Act 3 scene 2 opens with Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo drunk and wander aimlessly in the island. When Caliban first speaks ?how does thy honour? Let me lick thy shoe.?(line22) to Stephano, he uses a grovelling language in ?let me lick thy shoe? because Caliban is willing to serve a new magical being in his life which is Stephano and his bottle of liquor. ...read more.

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Therefore, the audience knows Caliban is low on the hierarchy (because he is a utter fool!) Furthermore ?She will become thy bed, I warrant??(line 104) Caliban pleases Miranda will look lovely in bed if Stephano marries her because she is very attractive. In line 29, the audience get a glimpse of Caliban?s emotions despite his grotesque appearance. ?Lo, how he mocks me wilt thou let him, my lord?? Caliban shows himself a pitiful living creature and wishes for sympathy from Stephano. Even so, Caliban is half man, half fish. He is a hostile character, and manipulative. Harsh in his language, Caliban calls Trinculo ?thou jesting monkey?(line 44) and ?thou scurvy patch?(line 63) ...read more.

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His excellent speech about his island home ?The isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices, That, if I then had waked after long sleep, Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming, The clouds methought would open and show riches Ready to drop upon me, that, when I waked, I cried to dream again.? shows sophisticated Caliban?s poetic and appreciate side with his vivid imagery. In the speech, Caliban reminds the audience of his close connection to his homeland and he has a right in being prejudiced about his enslavement. William Shakespeare has effectively use various language to let the audience explore Caliban?s complex figure. In my opinion, language is powerful and Shakespeare successfully create the character of Caliban. ...read more.

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