Caliban

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Mowat’s essay emphasizes Caliban’s significant role in The Tempest, by William Shakespeare. Caliban’s character, in relation to Prospero’s, expresses the actual relations between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries of settlers and natives, Caliban being the native of the island, and Prospero, the settler. Miranda and Prospero introduce Caliban to the reader as a “villain”, “slave” and even a “tortoise”. Caliban and his mother, Sycorax, a witch, were the only inhabitants of …

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…portrays these occurrences. William Shakespeare uses two individuals whom encounter a problematic condition. Caliban, the native and Prospero, the settler, both face disagreeable circumstances that lead to the climax of colonization. Shakespeare uses Caliban as a rugged appearance but is actually poetic, friendly and gullible. Caliban’s personality contradicts his appearance and therefore, symbolizes the hidden warped appearance of Prospero. Prospero’s act of colonizing the island is selfish and unjust considering Caliban’s situation.