Is the relationship between Caliban and Prospero's daughter Miranda a romantic relationship? Was Caliban misinterpreted by Prospero? Are we somehow. We know that after Prospero and Miranda washed up on shore, Caliban seems to have had a pretty decent relationship with the old magician. To Prospero. In criticism, Prospero is frequently discussed through the prism of his attitude to his “subordinates” - Ariel, Caliban and Miranda - and the play's narrative is.
Caliban, despite his inhuman nature, clearly loved and worshipped his mother, referring to Setebos as his mother's god, and appealing to her powers against Prospero.
Caliban - Wikipedia
Caliban confirms this gleefully, saying that if he had not been stopped he would have peopled the island with a race of Calibans  —"Thou didst prevent me, I had peopled else this isle with Calibans" Act I: Prospero then entraps Caliban and torments him with harmful magic if Caliban does not obey his orders. Resentful of Prospero, Caliban takes Stephanoone of the shipwrecked servants, as a god and as his new master.
Caliban learns that Stephano is neither a god nor Prospero's equal in the conclusion of the play, however, and Caliban agrees to obey Prospero again. Despite this portrayal, Caliban also has moments in which he delivers memorable speeches, such as in Act 3, Scene 2: 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 sometime voices That, if I then had waked after long sleep, Will make me sleep again; and then in dreaming, The clouds me thought would open, and show riches Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked I cried to dream again.
Postcolonial[ edit ] The later twentieth century saw the image of Caliban serving as a focus for thinking about the colonial and postcolonial situations. While some 21st century critics have come to see this as an outdated allegory, considerations of race, status and even gender continue to affect the casting of Caliban in modern productions.
In the film Clash of the Titansthe main antagonist is a character based on Caliban named Calibos Kalibos in the novelthe evil son of the sea goddess, Thetistransformed by Zeus from a handsome man into a monster as punishment for his malevolence. In the science fiction film Forbidden PlanetCaliban is re-imagined as "the Monster from the Id ", a wild and violent monster that is invisible to the naked eye.
The monster later turns out to be born of the subconscious of the film's Prospero character, Dr. Morbius, using the advanced technology of the Krell. Like Caliban, the monster ultimately rebels and attempts to kill its master. The strength of the character and of his relationships within the Tempest presented us with a number of existential dilemmas we could weave into an interpretation.
Was Caliban misinterpreted by Prospero? Are we somehow misinterpreting the character because of our understanding of Caliban as a monster? Our research took us to Hong Kong because we were looking for an island context and knew that there were a number of disabled artists already working at an established level there.
In that time, we looked at how we could bring the characters from The Tempest to life, analyzing what they tell us about how we view our current situation in terms of disability and otherness. Not being burdened by a script or a text freed us to explore our themes in a way that worked for them, as artists. The island in The Tempest is home for Caliban long before other people come to claim it as their own.
Caliban and Miranda
There is a clear resonance there with the history of Hong Kong and the claim made on the island as a colony of the British Empire. But, also as disabled artists what does home mean to us? Given that our community, our culture might not be at home within society, it might be somewhere else entirely. What Garry and I bring to the table with Birds of Paradise is very much about disability and identity.
Within the context of Hong Kong, the cultural imperatives around disability are very different, so our intention was also to look at what those cultural differences are and how we can begin to unpick them.
So there was also a challenge for them to think about what that means for them, professionally.
The performance takes the ethical questions and puts them into a courtroom drama. The setting is a bit like Jerry Springer or Judge Judy where we get to look at the evidence for and against Caliban. Is he a sexual predator or was there a relationship that was loving and caring?