The Tempest Act I, Scene 2, lines 321-374 Summary and Analysis

William Shakespeare

Act I, Scene 2, lines 321-374 Summary and Analysis

New Character
Caliban: a deformed, subhuman monster; born from the union of the evil witch Sycorax and a devil

Summary
With harsh and abusive language, Prospero rudely calls for Caliban, his slave. Caliban, in turn, curses his master and Miranda for subjecting him to the hard labor of carrying logs. Prospero threatens to punish Caliban for his show of disrespect by having urchins or goblins in the form of hedgehogs trouble him all night long with their painful pinches.

Caliban retaliates further by declaring that the island really belongs to him since he has inherited it from his mother, Sycorax. Before Prospero took it from him, Caliban was his own king, but now he has been...

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