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Relationship between Prospero, Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest Essay

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Relationship between Prospero, Caliban and Ariel in The Tempest Shakespeare's play, The Tempest is put on a mysterious island surrounded by the sea. This magician Prospero is ruler of this isle with his two servants Caliban and Ariel. Caliban is the abrasive, foul-mouthed son of the evil witch Sycorax. When Prospero was shipwrecked on the island Prospero treated him kindly although their relationship changed when Caliban tried to rape Prospero's daughter, Miranda. Caliban then became Prospero's unwilling servant. Caliban serves his master out of fear Prospero's anger. Prospero's other slave Ariel is a graceful soul who has courtesy and charm. Ariel has put her services at Prospero's disposal from gratitude for his kind actions towards her. Prospero saved Ariel from the confinement of Sycorax who held her captive. Prospero treats his two servants in very different ways as their behavior and attitudes towards him are contrasting. From this, the question arises why he treats his both hard-working servants in various ways and when he's wise in his activities. Prospero treats Caliban in a Really strict, even ruthless manner insulting him, 'Thou poisonous slave, got by the devil himself' 1/2/319 and threatening him with harsh punishments He can inflict his powerful magic, '...tonight thou shalt have cramps... Thou shalt be pinched... each pinch more stinging Than bees produced 'em ' 1/2/325 Prospero appears to be a ruthless tyrant that strikes fear in to Caliban to make him perform but further on in the text we understand that this isn't the case. Caliban's foul-mouthed insults, '...blister you around.' 1/2/324 depict his degraded, brutish character. In Act 1 Scene 2 Caliban complains of how Prospero utilized h.. .

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