William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act II. scene 2:
The monstrous creature Caliban, drunkenly rejoicing that he is now free from Prospero’s domination:
‘Ban, ‘Ban, Cacaliban
Has a new master: get a new man.
Freedom, hey-day! hey-day, freedom! freedom,
How interesting that the supposedly debased Caliban has all the most beautiful lines in the play. Maybe Shakespeare created a character that stepped off the page and reclaimed himself.
Photographs:above: Djimoun Honsou plays Caliban in Julie Taymore’s filmed version of The Tempest (2010); immediately below: Caliban in Michael Smuin’s ballet, The Tempest, produced at Ballet San Jose Silcon Valley (2003). The role is danced by Willie Anderson. Photo by Robert Shomler; bottom: Caliban the puppet, a character inThe McCarter Theatre’s puppet production of The Tempest (2007), directed by Christopher T. Parks, http://www.mccarter.org.
The Tempest, Act III, 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 methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me that, when I waked,