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Explain how Ariel and Caliban serve as character foils for each other Be sure to consider their physical appearance and their roles as servants to Prospero In the world of The Tempest Ariel the airy spirit and Caliban the earthy monster can be described as character foils Unlike and contrasted as they are they have some traits in common They both have an aversion to labor and a longing for liberty Also they have a primitive sense of humor a fondness for tricks and pranks and a spontaneous and unsophisticated love of nature Furthermore deeper inside them one has a fear of a higher power and the other a craving for affection and approbation Thus the contrast between them is heightened Ariel and Caliban symbolize respectively pure language and pure body The name of Prosperos language is Ariel who symbolizes his word in action the precise fulfillment of his desires who operates as an extension of Prosperos body In a way Prospero through his creative word Ariel can be seen as being omnipresent However Ariel chafes under his masters control desiring a liberty that would ironically reduce him to nothingness dispersing him into thin air Caliban the son of the evil witch Sycorax is the perfect brute who would be petted and patted given food and drink and taught to speak Caliban learns language only to turn it against itself He becomes vindictive and rewards his masters Prospero efforts with curses His developed consciousness leads him into deeper enslavement inducing him to overeach his limits by attempting to murder his lord Earlier he became rebellious and attempted to violate his masters daughter the innocent pure Miranda He later after getting drunk turns on Prospero and professes his loyalty to Stephano In conclusion Ariel is considered to be beyond humanity at the spiritual end of the scale and Caliban is beneath humanity at the animal end of the scale In addition Ariel rides on
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