In Shakespeare’s The Tempest there is a lot of violence towards Caliban, verbally and physically. Prospero is the character who mainly delivers these acts of violence towards him, calling him very unpleasant and demeaning names as well as using his magic to inflict very strong pains on Caliban. One of the main reasons why we are led to believe Prospero is so violent towards Caliban is because he wants to get revenge and hates Caliban for wanting to Rape his daughter Miranda, as well as not behaving well towards Prospero or using language that would suggest that Caliban is grateful towards Prospero. This is because Prospero Taught Caliban how to speak. But why does Prospero choose to get his revenge in this way? Are there no other ways to Punish Caliban for disrespecting him?
I think that even the verbal abuse was a little too much, and Prospero didn’t have enough so he had to give Caliban severe pains. Prospero’s reaction to Caliban’s actions are a little too uncalled for. The only reason Caliban has such remarks against Prospero is because Prospero took over the Island which was kind of Caliban’s first.
Of course Caliban also tried to rape Miranda but were also only given Prospero’s side, which we are forced to believe because we don’t have anyone to back it up or contradict it.
As always, i believe that violence is never the answer to anything. Prospero and Caliban should have worked their problems out by talking and coming up with a solution that would have benefited both of them.