Saturday, February 2, 2019
Free Tempest Essays: The Comic Sub-plot :: Shakespeare The Tempest
The Importance of the Comic Sub-plot in The storm The comic sub-plot has various uses for the play. It brings lightrelief& angstromndash without it, it would be a real dramatic play, if not boring.As because Prospero controls the whole island we fill out that nothing sensreally happen that he doesn& adenosine monophosp loathersquot want to, so the play is lackingtension and the comic sub-plot prevents it from being a very boring play.Drunkness is amusing anyway, they fall about and say stupid things whichis entertain for us, plus this is Calibans first drink and werecognise the feelings he expresses for this&lsquo airy liquor&rsquoand makes it all the more funny. That Caliban sees these two fools askings as well makes it amusing&ndash&lsquo I prithee, be my God&rsquo asTrinculo says&lsquo A most ridiculous monster, to make a wonder of a poordrunkard&rsquo. When he sees what they be later he is disgusted withhimself&ndash&lsquo What a thrice-dou ble tush Was I, to take this drunkardfor a god, And worship this dull fool&rsquo As well as providing humour, this give of Caliban&rsquos echoes hisformer trust for Prospero. He hasn&rsquot learned from when Prosperoturned on him, his naïvety shows through his trust and adoration of thewine. Through the&lsquo aside&rsquo comments of Trinculo and Stephano weknow they are using and teasing him. Its in this situation we feel almostsorry for Caliban, this&lsquo abhorred slave&rsquo, this&lsquodemi-devil&rsquo is quench very trusting and doesn&rsquot he have reasonto hate Prospero? He is an animal, with animal instincts and cannot betrained otherwise. Though Prospero is understandably enraged that hetried&lsquo to violate the honour&rsquo of Miranda, provided he is overlyharsh with him. The sub-plot shows us how Caliban is trusting yet again,and we can see how affectionate he would have been to Prospero when hefirst arrived on the island , and how understandably bitter he would bewhen his master turned on him. This is an echo of the theme of usurpation, Prospero usurped from hisdukedom, Caliban usurped from his island&ndash Prospero tries to bind hisdukedom back and Caliban tries to get his island back at the firstopportunity. It would seem at the end that jurist has prevailed,forgiveness over vengeance, good over evil, save really retributive Prospero hasprevailed, he successfully usurped and successfully got un-usurped.Caliban is shown as the most naïve of the three, but he is the cleverest.He knows Prospero&rsquos power is in his books, he knows that the robesStephano and Trinculo are duped by are&lsquo but trash&rsquo and in a higher placeall he speaks some of the most beautiful poetry of the play.