Analysis Of Caliban In Shakespeare's The Tempest

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Some people might think of Shakespeare?s story The Tempest, as just that, a story about a man who has his position as Duke of Milan usurped by his less than pleasant brother. However, after a careful analysis of The Tempest it is easy to see how prominent the mistreatment of Caliban is and why it is written that way. Throughout the story Caliban is put down multiple times in various manners by different people.
We first hear of Caliban in Prospero?s conversation with Ariel and right off the bat we know that Prospero has a disdain for Caliban when he offhandedly comments that Caliban was ?hag born? and ?not honored with a human shape? (Graff, and Phelan 24). Prospero does not focus much on Caliban in that moment and it is easy to
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They present us with another prime example of the mistreatment of Caliban. When they both see Caliban for the first time, they each think of ways they could take advantage of him. Trinculo wishes he were in England so that he could show Caliban off like some carnival attraction and Stephanos likes the idea of ?taming? Caliban so he too could make money with him by selling him (Graff, and Phelan 47).
The example of Prospero, Trinculo, and Stephano does a good job of displaying the thoughts and views associated with Caliban. They could not effortlessly distinguish whether Caliban was a man or a fish, Trinculo even believed he smelled like one (Graff, Phelan 46) . Shakespeare wrote this story in a way that each character looked at Caliban and imagined a way to use him to their advantage. Stephano and Trinculo wanted to take advantage of Caliban because of the way he looked while Prospero took advantage of Caliban because of his wit, the key is that Shakespeare wrote Caliban?s character to be taken advantage
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Asma. Asma tells us about Alexander who told story of how he and his army encountered giant crabs, three horned wolf like animals, serpents, and dragons. Alexander told this story from his own perspective, it is similar to how the victors of a war get to write history because Alexander too was a victor against all of these supposed creatures and wrote history about them. Asma writes about how it is very likely that Alexander embellished his story. Psychologists believe that it is common human tendency to exaggerate storied because of perception (Hoffman 159). Alexander?s perspective was skewed due to fear and Shakespeare?s due to

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