Caliban in the TempestPaper Rating: Word Count: 988 Approx Pages: 4
In Shakespeare's play, "The Tempest, Â one of the most interesting and difficult characters to define in a particular way is Caliban. Many people see Caliban as a "noble savage Â, wild man, the missing link, as well as other things. His character is one of the most talked about and controversial and yet he is not a direct influence on the conclusion of the play.
While Caliban is not a direct cause of the conclusion, he does have many small but important functions. He is part of the comic relief in this play, along with Trinculo and Stephano, as they stumble around the Island drunk plotting and scheming on how to gain power. He also is the complete opposite of Ariel, who is a happy servant of Prospero's. Caliban resents that he is a slave, and is depicted as an ugly monster, where as Ariel is seen as a beautiful super-natural being. From the beginning of this play Caliban is shown to us as evil. I believe he has good reason to act out towards Prospero. Being that he was enslaved and his Island was taken over by his now master.
It is understandable that many readers of the text would refer to Caliban as an awful person. When Caliban is first introduced he comes across to be