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Caliban's Father
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1570  Tuesday, 20 September 2005

[1] 	From: 	Stuart Manger <
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	Date: 	Monday, 19 Sep 2005 16:35:36 +0100
	Subj: 	Re: SHK 16.1560 Caliban's Father

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	Date: 	Monday, 19 Sep 2005 23:01:43 +0000
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From: 		Stuart Manger <
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Date: 		Monday, 19 Sep 2005 16:35:36 +0100
Subject: 16.1560 Caliban's Father
Comment: 	Re: SHK 16.1560 Caliban's Father

For David Evett:

They 'modulate' only after Prospero's powerful threats bring Ariel to 
heel, there is a firm promise of a term to the service by Prospero, and 
Ariel's positive seeing in Act 5 that this time Prospero really means it 
and is divesting himself of the power he used to subjugate both himself 
and Caliban and actually and finally returning to Milan.

I don't know about 'materialist' approach. I just looked at the play's 
text and what the people say in it.

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From: 		Joseph Egert <
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Date: 		Monday, 19 Sep 2005 23:01:43 +0000
Subject: 1560 Caliban's Father
Comment: 	Re: SHK 1560 Caliban's Father

Ultimately Caliban's father is Shakespeare himself, paterfamilias to all 
the play's characters. He takes special care, it seems, in naming his brood:

Why does Nature's natural "CALIBAN" contain both "CAIN" and the pagan 
god "BAAL"? Does Caliban recall the early Christian "I.Ch.Th.Y.S" 
(Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter)? Something fishy here.

Why does "CLARIBEL", unwilling bride sacrifice to CARTHagE/TUNiS 
(EARTH/SUN), contain both "ABEL" and "BELIAL" (Luther's antithesis to 
Christ)?

Why does "SebAsTiAN, the premier seducer of this drama, harbour "SATAN" 
within?

Why does the Virgin "MIRANDA" full of Grace harbour the "DAM" or "DAMA" 
"MARIA", holy mother to the New "ADAM"?

Finally, why does the Christlike New Adam "FERDINAND" combine only 
etherial "FIRE" and "AIR" in his name?

All coincidence?
Or is ShakSPER, like ProSPERo, weaving his magic spells one more time 
before fading away?

Just Wondering,
Joe Egert

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