Calibans speech about the island
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On the Island of Caliban
"When I waked, I cried to dream again"
Caliban, Trinculo, and Stephano continue to drink and wander about the island. Caliban seems happy to obey. The men begin to quarrel, mostly in jest, in their drunkenness. Stephano has now assumed the title of Lord of the Island and he promises to hang Trinculo if Trinculo should mock his servant monster. Caliban cannot see Ariel and thinks that Trinculo said this. He threatens Trinculo, and Stephano tells Trinculo not to interrupt Caliban anymore.
The isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices, That if I then had waked after long sleep Will make me sleep again; and then in dreaming The clouds methought would open and show riches Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked I cried to dream again. In Caliban, Ariel, and of course Prospero, Shakespeare created three of his most memorable and enigmatic characters who are inevitably open to various interpretations in productions of the play. These can be nicely illustrated by what critics have said about them in theatre reviews. It is a treasure trove of information on interpreting Shakespeare.
Caliban is a necessary idea". Half human, half monster, looks like a fish, after his island becomes occupied by Prospero and his daughter Miranda , Caliban is forced into slavery. Banished from Algiers , Sycorax was left on the isle, pregnant with Caliban, and died before Prospero's arrival. Caliban, despite his inhuman nature, clearly loved and worshipped his mother, referring to Setebos as his mother's god, and appealing to her powers against Prospero. Caliban confirms this gleefully, saying that if he had not been stopped he would have peopled the island with a race of Calibans  " Thou didst prevent me, I had peopled else this isle with Calibans " Act I:ii. Prospero then entraps Caliban and torments him with harmful magic if Caliban does not obey his orders. Resentful of Prospero, Caliban takes Stephano , one of the shipwrecked servants, as a god and as his new master.
But, as 'tis, We cannot miss him: he does make our fire, Fetch in our wood and serves in offices That profit us. What, ho!
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As wicked dew as e'er my mother brush'd With raven's feather from unwholesome fen I must eat my dinner. This island's mine, by Sycorax my mother,
Post a Comment. Sunday, 24 January Act 3, Scene 2 - Caliban. Act 3, scene 2. The lines are written blank verse, which is measure and controlled. It is unusually that Shakespeare should have him speak like this since he is meant to be the uncivilised monster.