Where the Tempest Meets Forgiveness: A Sailboat Without Its Sail?


In the beginning of Act 1, Scene 2, we get dialogue between Caliban and Prospero. We have had less than 100 lines in the play and already gotten a full view of the relationship between these two men. As indicated through dialogue around likes 47, we learn that anger is just raging between them – forcing their views of each other to be seen through skewed lens. It seems as though they have had a rocky past, maybe with one another or maybe with other loved ones, that is acting as a barricade for forgiveness. The root of forgiveness in this case seems to be their past; an action that has occurred in their relationship in the past is stopping the growth of their relationship in the future. So, why a sailboat without a sail? Think about it. A sailboat without a sail cannot move. It cannot traverse the open waters or move out from a port. In fact, it doesn’t even have a sail so the chance to move is not even an option. The sail is a metaphor for forgiveness. Once the boat, or their relationship, has a sail it can move, or rather, once one has forgiven the other, their ship can sail the sea. Prospero and Caliban’s relationship seems to be at a standstill because of their past and because neither has chosen to forgive the other. Maybe if they would just employ the use of their sails…

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