When looking at Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” one can find an underlying themes
of civilization verses barbarism. The characters that are created represent symbols of
nature, and their actions build their symbolism. Through the actions we get a view of
Shakespeare’s ideas on civilization and the uncivilized, as well of letting the reader form
their own opinions.
Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, after being removed by his brother, arrives on
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of Caliban to represent nature
and to show readers that nature is not as bad as it appears to be at face value. Through
Caliban readers can gain an understanding of those individuals who were not raised in the
same atmospheres we were. With this awareness, a feeling of great sympathy is inflicted
on the readers for those who are less fortunate. Shakespeare show that our perception of
others is not always an accurate picture.