How Does Shakespeare Present Miranda In The Tempest

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Miranda is the only women on an island with a population of three people, her father, Prospero, and a beast, Caliban. Having had no female role model she has been raised and tutored by her father. Through this process, she is now a young woman, teenager really, who appears to be a dutiful, obedient and virtues daughter. She is the image of purity and innocence. (Vaughan 73) However, she has a strength as she challenges her father, the only authority she knows(Shmoop Editorial Team. "Miranda in The Tempest."). Shakespeare uses Miranda’s virtue and purity and strength in the face of authority to give her a type of moral authority and power. Miranda, being the only female representation on the island, has a crucial role in the play. Shakespeare uses…show more content…
Even though she is an obedient daughter she stands up to her father, not in a rebellious way but in response to Prospero’s overreaction and harsh treatment. as discussed in act 1 Scene 2, she confronts her father about the storm “If by your art, my dearest father, you have put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.” (1,2,1-2),. She knows he caused the storm and knows it is unjust. She again confronts Prospero and his treatment of Ferdinand, “O dear father, Make not too rash a trial of him, for He 's gentle and not fearful.”(1,2. …) Even if she believes her father unjust she, she still shows respect and is upset when she violates her father 's wishes and tells Ferdinand her name, “O my father, I have broke your heart to say so!”(3,1…) Shakespeare aging and idealised and dutiful child whose actions are respectable and proper. Shakespeare also empowers Miranda 's character by giving her a sense of optimism.about life and its wonders when Prospero reveals the members of the shipwreck to Miranda.“O wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in

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