Caliban, By William Shakespeare Essay

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Shakespeare presents Caliban’s appearance to us through Prospero’s words, before we are introduced to him, were he is described as “a freckled whelp hag-born - not honoured with/a human shape”, which gives us the impression that Caliban is an ugly character and not meant to be seen as human by us or the other characters. Shakespeare also hints to us that Caliban is seen as animal-like as his birth is described as him being “litter”ed - a word used to describe as young animals.
The first time we hear Caliban he is shouting back at Prospero from the far side of a cave, “There 's wood enough within!”, Shakespeare is showing us that Caliban is quite a rude slave to Prospero as it is not common that a slave will shout to their master, therefore, Shakespeare wants us to see that Caliban is not well-mannered or tolerant towards Prospero.
Though it is obvious by this point that Prospero has strong feelings of hatred and looks down upon him but it is hard for us to pass a judgement on Caliban at this point.

Shakespeare shows us Caliban’s intolerance towards Prospero as when we are introduced to him, he comes in and curses at Prospero: “As wicked dew as e’er my mother brushed With raven’s feather from unwholesome fen Drop on you both! A south-west blow on ye And blister you all o’er!”
This highlights his harsh tone towards Prospero, Shakespeare could also be suggesting us that Caliban isn’t very willing obedient as slave’s should praise and serve their masters without a…

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