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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a brutish or brutalized man
[C19: after a character in Shakespeare's The Tempest (1611)]


(ˈkæl əˌbæn)

the ugly, beastlike slave of Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest (1611).
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He felt as if he had come to look for Miranda and had been met by Caliban.
You are still yourself as now, and yet you are yourself no longer; you who, like Ariel, verge on the angelic, are but an inert mass, which, like Caliban, verges on the brutal; and this is called in human tongues, as I tell you, neither more nor less than apoplexy.
Jacob, you understand, was not an intense idiot, but within a certain limited range knew how to choose the good and reject the evil: he took one lozenge, by way of test, and sucked it as if he had been a philosopher; then, in as great an ecstacy at its new and complex savour as Caliban at the taste of Trinculo's wine, chuckled and stroked this suddenly beneficent brother, and held out his hand for more; for, except in fits of anger, Jacob was not ferocious or needlessly predatory.
You are a sort of monster," I added audaciously, "a Caliban who has pondered Setebos, and who acts as you act, in idle moments, by whim and fancy.
If you had told Sycorax that her son Caliban was as handsome as Apollo, she would have been pleased, witch as she was.
The name Kallman sounds like the name Caliban, and we might conclude that in the ultimate act of control and/or ownership, Caliban is a corpse speaking for its dead author.
Caliban is the "physical-historical nature of fallen man" ("Balaam and His Ass," DH, 131): the "child" for whom the audience has never taken the "faintest personal interest" (CP 432).
But after Brunel / Lincoln / Caliban invoked the industrial revolution, the world changed.
The shipwrecked Italian nobles arrive on stage full of pomp in long coats and the drunken scene with Caliban is genuinely funny.
Though we are told Prospero's and Miranda's intentions towards Caliban were initially kind, all we see in the play is a cruel abuse of power and authority and the ultimate failure of punishment based on that.
Danny explained: "The quote from Caliban is, 'Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises', which is an amazing speech.
Caliban (Ron Cephas Jones) is also an open character to stage, with his various animal features and yet starkly human presence.