The concept of the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have done to you,” seems to have been fully understood and implemented in the Tempest . Almost any relationship between two major characters in the play has the two characters treating each other very similarly. When one character treats another badly, that sore treatment is soon reflected back upon the character, and each seems to take example from the other. While none of the characters actually seem to follow the rule, the reader/watcher of the play can see how one’s view of another tends to be returned, almost subconsciously, by the offended character. Caliban and his acquaintances form a primary view of this idea; each “master” that Caliban “serves” views Caliban in almost the same light as Caliban views them. Caliban treats Prospero, his self-proclaimed master, roughly equivalent to the way Prospero treats Caliban – harsh words, insults, and frequent and constant anger imbedded in the relationship. Prospero views Caliban as a corrupt, evil spirit who will eventually
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This essay was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course HON 211 taught by Professor Gross during the Fall '06 term at University of Maine Orono .