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Book burning is nothing new when it comes to history Long ago great cities were set on fire without anything being preserved much less saved Many more rare items other than influential books were burned in these fires for example the burning down of Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero caused many books to perish within the flames that brought this wondrous city down to its knees So when Shakespeare incorporates Calibans book burning idea it is not so much of a surprise to the audience because history is full of the burnings of great libraries and magnificent books Caliban even mentioning to burn Prosperos many books shows just some of Calibans intelligence and how he understands that books bring knowledge and with knowledge he knows that power comes with it if used properly Calibans idea of robbing Prospero of his power is a good idea in a sense What I do not think Caliban realizes or has put into play is that Prospero does have a memory How do we know that Prospero has not memorized all of his books being stranded on this island he shares with his daughter Miranda and Caliban his slave Calibans point is valid but burning Prosperos books does not assure a victory for Caliban Trinculo and Stephano at all or that it can even bring Prosperos death which they are trying to achieve Burning Prosperos books can be helpful on the other hand what if Prospero needed his books for his spells or just has not memorized them like I mentioned If that is the case then burning Prosperos books would be of a great advantage to the mischievous three plotting Prosperos death Without his books Prospero may not be able to cast his spells to defend himself or harm either Caliban Trinculo or Stephano in other words Prospero could be rendered powerless without his books of knowledge to help aid him against Caliban Trinculo
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