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Reading The Tempest.

Bedtime reading at the moment is the No Fear Shakespeare edition of The Tempest.

I'm loving it. Perfect for me - reading plays(instead of watching them) is weird at the best of times, and I'm not good at comprehending the language.

Caliban is great. Caliban is a slave of Prospero, Caliban's mum pretty much owned the island before Prospero and his daughter arrived. Caliban hates their guts. And he says so, frequently and often, which really elaborate descriptions of just what sort of blisters and boils he'd like them to suffer from.

If I were putting on a production, I think I'd have Caliban portrayed as a really arrogant waiter. Not physically aggressive, but horribly sneering.

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pondhopper
Jun. 2nd, 2015 02:00 pm (UTC)
It's been years since I read The Tempest. But we saw it on stage not that long ago and yes, Caliban is so full of expressive hatred.
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