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All men are created equal is one of the declarations that American culture is built on This declaration means that all men no matter of race religion or creed are equals in the eyes of society as well as the law This was not always true in history especially not in Shakespeares day and age During this time society had levels of classification where men were considered superior to other men Shakespeare gives us a taste of this hierarchical culture through his play The Tempest He shows us how superior men perceived themselves in contrast to lesser beings due to their race financial status and gender We also are shown those who had reason to feel superior yet treated others equally and with the respect due to them The Tempest reflects Shakespeares society through the relationship between characters especially between Prospero and Caliban Caliban who was the previous king of the island is taught how to be civilized by Prospero and his daughter Miranda Then he is forced to be their servant Caliban explains Thou strokst me and make much of me wouldst give me Water with berries in t and teach me how to name the bigger light how the less That burn by day and night and then I lovd thee And showd thee all the qualities o th isle For I am all the subjects you have which first was mine own kingIii334-354 We see he is treated as a lesser being because he is not of the same race as Prospero and Miranda Prospero describes him as A freckled whelp hag-born - not honourd with a human shapeIii282-283 Clearly the people of different races were treated as inferior human beings in Shakespeares time In this culture because someone is different they are less of a human than you Financial status also plays a major role in social classifications During the time of The Tempest
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