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The "monstrousness" of Caliban and Bertha Mason is complicated by their own similarities. Deemed inhuman and morally flawed, Caliban and Bertha are inseparable from their "monstrousness." They are exotic "others," from different worlds than the other characters around them. Caliban represents a fascination with the savage man of the Age of Exploration, though he is a remorseless, would-be murder, which also allows him to operate as an antagonist in The Tempest. Though less of an active character than Caliban, Bertha signifies sexual lust but also serves to foreshadow what could become of Jane Eyre if she weds Rochester. These two characters threaten the protagonists and societies of their stories, not only because they are frightening, but also because they are difficult to understand and impossible to ignore.
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