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closely the acts of the cast and crew of a Shakespearian play, doing all that is in their power to delight the audience. They find no joy in anything other than serving their audience. If Ferdinand serves as the cast and crew with the responsibility of pleasing the audience, then one could effortlessly say that Miranda functions as the audience. Miranda is depicted as the innocent and chaste daughter of the magician Prospero. Her virginity comes to define her role throughout the tale, while her innocence serves as her cardinal virtue. The viewer could associate this to the innocence of an audience before viewing a play for the first time. Before the play is ever seen the audience members are ?virgins? to that play, the actors have not enlightened their ignorance, much as

Ferdinand has not enlightened Miranda?s ignorance of sexual pleasures. Thus, the only character remaining is the monster Caliban. Throughout the play, the reader is never quite sure of Caliban and what he stands for. Though his monstrous appearance and evil ways show him as harsh, his speech remains among the most beautiful in the tale. Who or what is it that Caliban comes to represent? Perhaps the best way to look at this character is in his relations with the others in the tale. The reader is informed that there was a type of falling out between Prospero and his servant Caliban after the attempted rape of Miranda by the monster. The readers also become aware of the power struggle between the wizard and his slave, each claiming the island to be his paradise, and each trying to

rid themselves of the other. Conceivably Caliban comes to represent the plays critic, sometimes harsh and brutal, but other times glorifying the work of the playwright. This would explain the beauty behind the speech of the monster, though his outer shell may be harsh, inside he speaks of the beauty and charm of the stage, the isle paradise. The rape of Miranda can also be explained using Caliban as the critic. Miranda?s innocence is disrupted by the evil thoughts of Caliban, much as the innocence of an audience can be disturbed after reading harsh words from a critic. Many may become disenchanted about a play, merely by focusing on what the critic may have to say about it. A reader of The Tempest can easily see how Shakespeare uses the characters of his final play to say

farewell to his audience for the last time. It can be assumed that Shakespeare found this type of farewell to be the most appropriate form to give to the followers of his theatre. What better way to say goodbye then through what they desire, his genius? By writing an allegorical look at the life of theatre as a final tribute, not only is Shakespeare saying goodbye in a classy way, he is also paying respects to those whom he leaves behind. One thing is certain: Shakespeare will always live on within the dreams and hopes of those who read his work. After all, as put by Prospero himself, ?We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with sleep.?