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

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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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One thought on “Where the Tempest Meets Forgiveness: A Sailboat Without Its Sail?

  1. Nice work–with the image, its explanation and the source citation. You have managed to capture both essential questions in this first post. I look forward to the next installment.

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