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Language in Shakespeare's The Tempest Essay

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This essay will try to find out the sort of language which Shakespeare has used to depict the hatred and utter spite Prospero clearly has over Caliban. The great number of offensive dialogue during the argumentative conversation between Caliban and Prospero will be commented on. During the conversation, many ill-disguised remarks of contempt are made by all 3 characters. This will be analysed further and the reasons and consequences of the exchange will be described. There are a great number of reasons for why Prospero and Caliban are not by any means on respectful terms, and the elements which have lead to this occurrence will be expressed as a way to explain the spiteful nature of Prospero particularly. In the play 'The Tempest', Prospero and Caliban are portrayed as two completely opposite characters with contradictory and clashing views. Prospero, who had been the rightful heir to become duke of Milan before being cast off and the 'deformed slave' Caliban are emblematic of contrary extremes, particularly in their functions in society and hierarchy. Prospero is a natural leader and is intellectually disciplined, while Caliban not only does not behave in this sort of manner, he seems to completely stand against it and ignore any order and is 'capable of all ill' according to Prospero. Caliban's careless, unethical nature, and being born as a member of a 'vile race' is an immediately apparent reason for Prospero's hatred of him. Shakespeare quickly portrays the two characters as of clashing personalities during the passage, depicting Prospero as a person who emphasizes social lustre and class and uses his great intellect to only give others what he thinks they deserve. While Caliban is illustrated as an animalistic character, wi...

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