1 Answer | Add Yours
Members of the audience vary in how they react to Caliban in William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest. In many ways, he can be a reviled figure, brutish, awkward, and resentful and probably originally meant to be despised as a "savage." More recent readings of Caliban though, approach him through a more sympathetic lens. Increasingly popular are post-colonial approaches to Caliban, which see him as a metaphor for indigenous peoples displaced from their birthright by western colonial powers. The key lines supporting this are:
This island's mine, by Sycorax my mother,
Which thou tak'st from me....
...I am all the subjects that you have,
Which first was mine own king;
The island does rightfully belong to Caliban, and it is, on a certain level, unjust that he, as legitimate heir to the island, be forced to act as Prospero's servant.
We’ve answered 287,753 questions. We can answer yours, too.Ask a question