The Tempest

What is the importance of this quote to the play as a whole "You taught me language, and my profit on't is, I know how to curse."

Said by Caliban to Miranda, act 1 scene 2: 363-364

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Caliban tries to put responsibility for his actions on other people, especially Miranda for teaching him how to speak. He notes his use of bad language because they only taught him how to curse, so he is in both character and speech a "bad" guy, but he blames it on others.