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With close reference to the language and imagery of the passage, show in what ways it helps to establish important issues within the play

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With close reference to the language and imagery of the passage, show in what ways it helps to establish important issues in the play Caliban and Trinculo are hiding underneath Caliban's cloak because they are afraid of the storm and of what other beings are approaching them. Stefano has discovered what he thinks is a creature with four legs and two heads, which is really Caliban's and Trinculo's legs next to each other and both of their voices. The use of language in this extract differs between characters. Stefano's use of language is blunt and basic English. The fact that he is drunk adds to the effect that his words are slightly slurred. Stefano and Trinculo are both very low down in the hierarchy, Stefano is the Alonso's butler and Trinculo is his jester, and this also means that they would not have been taught proper English and so would not have been able to speak in clear, full sentences even when they were not scared of the storm and drunk. ...read more.


When the opportunity arises, he is more interested in getting as much as he can than in fairness. There are many different themes to Shakespeare's play, 'The Tempest', and they all occur frequently. One of these is sovereignty. It is connected repeatedly to Alonso and the usurpation of the throne of Naples and of the Dukedom of Milan. The occurrence of this theme in this passage is when Stefano has just discovered Trinculo hiding from the storm underneath Caliban's cloak and Trinculo says, 'And art thou living, Stefano? O Stefano, two Neapolitans 'scaped?' Trinculo is asking Stefano if they are the only two people to survive the storm. They think that they are the only ones to survive and so they now believe that they are in line for the throne now that the king, his son and all of the others are out of the way. This also connects to the theme of usurpation which is also echoed frequently throughout the play. Other examples of usurpation in this extract and throughout the play are numerous. ...read more.


However, he does not go with him as if a friend, unknowingly Caliban has resorted to being Stefano's slave because being enslaved is the only thing that Caliban has been doing for the past twelve years with Prospero and Miranda and so unintentionally, he is not actually free, which is what he believed he was, but he has only moved from one master to another and, having an insight into Stefano's plans for Caliban, he could possibly be a much worse master than Prospero ever was. This is one of the cases in the book when dramatic irony is involved. The theme of usurpation has also entered in this because Stefano has usurped Prospero as the master of Caliban. There is also a major repetition of the theme of colonialism. This is shown when Stefano and Trinculo persuade and use Caliban for their own advantages. When Stefano answers Caliban's question of 'Hast thou not dropped from heaven?' and says 'Out o' th' moon, I do assure thee. I was the man I' th' moon when time was.' This is a parody of the settlers. ?? ?? ?? ?? Camilla Corbett, Luxmoore English ...read more.

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