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I've heard that Caliban previously raped Miranda, and this is one reason why Prospero...

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just-talia | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 30, 2007 at 4:07 AM via web

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I've heard that Caliban previously raped Miranda, and this is one reason why Prospero dislikes him. Is this true?

is there any text proof that confirms this?

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Jamie Wheeler | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted April 30, 2007 at 11:33 AM (Answer #1)

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Yes. Caliban did try to rape Miranda and boasts of his deed. Prospero confronts him in 2.1.350-51. He says that while he was his guest, Caliban attempted the rape. He rails: "In mine own cell/till thou didst seek to violate/The honor of my child."

Not abashed at all, Caliban replies that he wishes he had succeeded in the rape of Miranda: "O ho, O ho! Would'st had been done!/Thou didst prevent me; I had peopled else/This isle of Calibans." This last bit means that not only would he have done it once, but repeatedly, until the isle was full of his offspring. Quite a slap...

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babyrachere | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 13, 2007 at 1:43 AM (Answer #2)

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from what I have heard yes he did

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