Prospero vs. Caliban

The Tempest

Theme

The theme of this section is showing mercy/kindness is a sign of weakness."This island’s mine, by Sycorax my mother Which thou takest from me. When thou camest first,Thou strok’st me and made much of me, wouldst give meWater with berries in ’t, and teach me howTo name the bigger light, and how the less,That burn by day and night. And then I loved thee And showed thee all the qualities o' th' isle,The fresh springs, brine pits, barren place and fertile." (Shakespeare 16). This is the theme because the entire conversation between Caliban and Prospero is Caliban telling him how much he loved him and he regrets it because now he is mistreated. It also goes the other way around to.

Discussion Questions

Why is Caliban Prospero's Slave?



What was Miranda and Calibans's relationship before he tried to rape her?