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Ariel and Caliban - Individual Destiny In William Shakespeares The Tempest the former Duke of Milan Prospero is marooned on a desert island While on the island he catches two slaves named Ariel and Caliban Sharply different in both body and mind their differences in character control their ultimate destiny Ariel is portrayed as an airy spirit who is faithful and close to Prospero and Caliban is a resentful beast who dislikes Prospero This leads to Ariel gaining his freedom and Caliban remaining a prisoner of the island on which he was born Ariel is Prosperos brave spirit Shakespeare 737 Throughout the play he is the symbol of goodness and obedience He is rescued by Prospero after being captured by Sycorax and is extremely loyal to him thereafter For example he says Remember I have done thee worthy service Told thee no lies made no mistakings served without a grudge or grumblings Shakespeare 739 Ariel performs every task his great master asks him to Shakespeare 737 Prospero treats him with respect and even agrees to grant him his freedom Like his master Ariel also posses magical powers He can fly play magical music misdirect people and turn invisible For example he flames amazement from the men on Alonsos ship during the storm In contrast Caliban Prosperos other slave is sharply different than Ariel The son of Sycorax he is an original inhabitant of the island and believes that it belongs to him According to Prospero Caliban a freckled whelp hag-born not honored with a human shape is dull angry and lazy Shakespeare 740 There is an underlying respect that Prospero has for Caliban however he never expresses it He realizes that Caliban does make his fire fetch his wood and serves in offices that profit him but he never thanks him Shakespeare 741 This is due to the fact that Caliban raped Miranda his daughter Prospero says In mine own
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