Real Name


First Appearance

The Tempest (1610)

Created by

William Shakespeare


Caliban was a deformed beast, son of the witch Sycorax, who had lived in exile on a small remote island. After Sycorax died, Caliban had lived alone on the island until Prospero and his daughter Miranda were stranded on the island as well. Caliban taught Prospero and his daughter how to survive on the island and Prospero taught Caliban the ways of civilization. Caliban lusted for Miranda, but became Prospero's slave when he tried to have his way with her. Caliban came to resent Prospero.

Public Domain Appearances

  • The Tempest, by William Shakespeare (written circa 1610; first published in 1623)
  • Caliban upon Setebos, by Robert Browning (1864)


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