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Caliban Quotes


"Why what a fool was I to this drunken monster for a God. - Caliban" - William Shakespeare

"The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass. The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass." - Oscar Wilde

"Evil is such a simplistic way to describe any character, be it Iago or Caliban, or any character from history." - Denis

"Evil is such a simplistic way to describe any character, be it Iago or Caliban, or any character from history." - Denis Ohare

"Without a Prospero-Caliban relationship to balance the Prospero-Ariel one, 'The Tempest' loses much of its resonance." - Robert Gottlieb

"If you had told Sycorax that her son Caliban was as handsome as Apollo, she would have been pleased, witch as she was." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"Or light or dark, or short or tall, She sets a spring to snare them all: All's one to her - above her fan She'd make sweet eyes at Caliban." - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

"One of the reasons [William] Shakespeare is so endlessly fascinating is that you can look at that figure from about 10 different angles: Caliban in Shakespeare's day was probably viewed as a sort of comic, barbarian type, but into the 19th century there were productions where Caliban was the hero. He's a potential rapist of a minor. Is that a good thing? No, it is not. On the other hand, Prospero's got him cooped up in a cave and tortures him if he doesn't do what Prospero wants. Is that a good thing? No. Shakespeare doesn't let you off easy." - Margaret Atwood

"Do I do as false prophets do and puff air into simulacra? Am I a Sorcerer-like Macbeth's witches-mixing truth and lies in incandescent shapes? Or am I a kind of very minor scribe of a prophetic Book-telling such truth as in me lies, with aid of such fiction as I acknowledge mine, as Prospero acknowledged Caliban." - A S Byatt

"This is why Caliban was a punishment. I realize it now - it's a beautiful, perfect world of nothingness. No connection, no longing, no . . . love. A world we're trapped in until we're needed here, a world we're condemned to while everyone we might care about forgets us." - Jackson Pearce

"A southwest blow on ye and blister you all o'er!' 'The red plague rid you!' 'Toads, beetles, bats, light on you!' 'As wicked dew as e'er my mother brushed with raven's feather from unwholesome fen drop on you.' 'Strange stuff' 'Thou jesting monkey thou' 'Apes with foreheads villainous low' 'Pied ninny' 'Blind mole...' -The Caliban Curses" - Gary D. Schmidt

"Gargoyles were the complement to saints; Leonardo's caricatures were complementary to his untiring search for ideal beauty. And gargoyles were the expression of all the passions, the animal forces, the Caliban gruntings and groanings which are left in human nature when the divine has been poured away. Leonardo was less concerned than his Gothic predecessors with the ethereal parts of our nature, and so his caricatures, in their expression of passionate energy, merge imperceptibly into the heroic." - Kenneth Clark

"At the happy ending of the Tempest, Prospero brings the kind back togeter with his son, and finds Miranda's true love and punishes the bad duke and frees Ariel and becomes a duke himself again. Everyone - except Caliban - is happy, and everyone is forgiven, and everyone is fine, and they all sail away on calm seas. Happy endings. That's how it is in Shakespeare. But Shakespeare was wrong. Sometimes there isn't a Prospero to make everything fine again. And sometimes the quality of mercy is strained." - Gary D.