From the first interactions between Caliban and Prospero, we see the seeds of conflict over who the true ruler of the island is. Does Caliban have the ultimate claim to the island? Or does Prospero, as the more civilized human, have the right – or even the duty – to take control? Is it ironic that Prospero, who was overthrown by his brother, has robbed Caliban of his inheritance?
Discuss the importance of Caliban, Trinculo, and Stephano. What is the significance of their stations in life? How do they compare to the major characters in the play (i.e, Prospero, Alonso, Antonio, and Sebastian)?
Miranda and her father, Prospero, witnessed the storm that caused the shipwreck during Act I, Scene I. Miranda questions her father and accuses him of causing the storm in the ocean. Why does Prospero start the storm and how is he able to create a storm in the first place?