In recasting the role of Prospero as a woman, many nuisances of the Tempest’s story have changed.  Prospero and Miranda’s relationship is very much congruent with the patriarchal nature of Shakespeare’s time, with Miranda playing a docile and sympathetic woman and Prospero being the authoritative and powerful man (and father).  However, in the movie we watched, Prospera is a strong woman, a rare character in Renaissance work.  Prospera’s protectiveness of Miranda becomes  that of a concerned parent, whereas Prospero’s control over Miranda has a layer of patriarchy.  Moreover, women during Shakespeare’s time were being accused of witchcraft, making the movie’s portrayal of Prospera even more intriguing.

-Melvyna-

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