Miranda In The Tempest Essay

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In William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, there has been much debate on whether Miranda, the only female in the play, is a fully formed character or merely an object being used by the men of the play. William Shakespeare wrote in a time where men were considered the dominant sex and women were only used for reproduction and maternal purposes. In the Tempest men like Prospero and Antonio are shown in a position of power and strength, while Miranda is associated with frailty and innocence. This allows the men to use Miranda for their own selfish purposes. However Miranda is unaware of this and acts independently and doesn’t always abide to what the men of the play force her to do. Miranda’s ...view middle of the document...

Caliban did not see Miranda as human, instead as an object that Caliban can use to get what he wants which is to populate the island with his offspring. Miranda responds with:
Abhorrèd slave,
Which any print of goodness wilt not take,
Being capable of all ill! I pitied thee,
Took pains to make thee speak, taught thee each hour
One thing or other. When thou didst not, savage,
Know thine own meaning, but wouldst gabble like
A thing most brutish, I endowed thy purposes
With words that made them known. But thy vile race,
Though thou didst learn, had that in ’t which good natures
Could not abide to be with. Therefore wast thou
Deservedly confined into this rock,
Who hadst deserved more than a prison.
(1.2.350-361)

This passage originally attributed to Miranda was edited and then given to Prospero. This is because it is uncommon of a female, especially one as innocent and naïve is Miranda to use such harsh language. However analyzing this passage as if Miranda said it, we can see that Miranda doesn’t tolerate being treated like an object after teaching Caliban to speak and pitying him. We can see that Miranda opposes being treated like an object and will protest and criticize if she isn’t being treated with the respect that she deserves.
Ferdinand is Miranda’s love interest in the play and it is love at first sight as when she sees him she says: "I might call...

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