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There is an interesting lovehate feeling for Caliban throughout the play While on one hand he tries to rape Miranda and the audience are therefore led to despise Caliban on the other hand the audience are supposed to feel pity for Caliban as he himself has been usurped from his island and get treated rather badly by the majority of the characters within the play Interestingly the reader never really gets a good idea of what Caliban looks like the descriptions of him within the play are lacking in detail and most of those descriptions are given by Characters who despise Caliban and therefore cannot be reliable anyway The descriptions range from tortoise fish and beast He is also described as a mis-shapen knave who is as disproportioned in his manners As in his shape Again however this could just be malicious talk from Prospero Calibans name is actually an anagram of cannibal in the time when The Tempest was written cannibal was spelt canibal perhaps Shakespeare intended this There are also two sides to Calibans intellect there is on one hand the argument that Caliban must be less intelligent than characters such as Stephano and Prospero for him to be a slave to them but on the other hand Shakespeare has given Caliban some of the most poetic language Be not afeard 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 sometimes voices That if I then had wakd 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 wakd I cried to dream again Not only does Caliban speak the most poetic of all characters but he also shows skill in other aspects You taught me language Caliban was not only able
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