How do members of the audience react to Caliban in William Shakespeare's play The Tempest?
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.