These plots are the romance between Ferdinand and Miranda; the comedy of Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo and finally, the tragedy planned by Antonio and Sebastian. All three plots, however, follow a strict structure in the form of a shipwreck, a meeting, a temptation/test, a reward/ punishment and lastly the reconciliation. In each of these plots, there is a recurrent motif, which is intoxication. …show more content…
A parody of the romance of Ferdinand and Miranda has already been performed through the comedic scenes of Caliban, Stephano and Trinculo, though unlike Ferdinand, Caliban begins the scene carrying logs, complaining about Prospero and the spirits with nothing to mentally lighten the load.
Stephano soon arrives intoxicated with alcohol which causes him to assume authority unlike Propero, whose intoxication aided his brother usurp due to his lack of use of authority. Under the influence of Stephano, Caliban soon becomes intoxicated with alcohol as well and promises to show Stephano and Trinculo the island. This is similar to Prospero's arrival when Caliban showed him around under the intoxication of gratitude to the attention shown to him as Propero supposedly made much of' him.
These intoxications led Caliban to become Prospero's slave which he has since regretted. On the other hand, with Stephano, he begs for him to be my god.' So despite Caliban's cursing, his intoxications have allowed him to repeat his own past with only minor alterations.
Shakespeare uses the lack of rationale when intoxicated with alcohol to create what's now known as slapstick comedy.' When