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Trinculo and Stephano, though not major characters in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, serve a large role in the story itself.

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Chase Swerdlick Ms. Barzun English 1 Honors 29 January 2013 Trinculo and Stephano Trinculo and Stephano, though not major characters in William Shakespeare's The Tempest, serve a large role in the story itself. They mainly serve as the story's comic relief and they also contribute to demonstrating to the audience how evil has no boundaries. Much of the play revolves around Prospero's contempt for everyone who betrayed him, and Prospero forces the conspirators to a remote island. Trinculo and Stephano had nothing to do with the plot against Prospero, but end up being dragged along with the conspirators. Their parts were small but were probably the most interesting in the story. ...read more.

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This is quite amusing because it shows us how incredibly foolish we act when we are drunk. Of course their attempt to take on Prospero proves to be pointless, instead they play dress up with his cloaks. When Prospero finally shows up, Stephano and Trinculo run for their lives and leave Caliban behind carrying the clothes they attempted to steal. Trinculo and Stephano were also quite amusing by being drunk throughout the entire story; they even stated that they wouldn't drink anything else until the wine ran out. "Tell not me. When the butt is out, we will drink a drop of water, not a drop before."(III.ii.1-2) ...read more.

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Trinculo stated that if he were back home that he would have people pay to see Caliban. "Were I in England now, as I once was, and had but this fish painted, not a holiday fool there but would give a piece of silver"(II.ii.28-30) He was trying to exploit Caliban. Afterwards, they fool Caliban into thinking they're gods and take more advantage of him. Shakespeare used Trinculo and Stephano as comic relief primarily but also used them to demonstrate the evil in our nature. In a way, he seemed to have been condemning humans. This story is a prime example of the selfishness, egocentrism, and hunger for power that we see and deal with every day. Trinculo and Stephano were two characters used to show how wrong we human beings really are. ...read more.

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