Parallel Father In The Tempest And Shakespeare's The Tempest

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William Shakespeare’s The Tempest was predicted to be Shakespeare’s last play. Prospero’s Epilogue at the end of the play was predicted to be the words of Shakespeare saying goodbye to the stage. Much like The Tempest, the 1956 Science Fiction Film the Forbidden Planet by Fred M. Wilcox seems to use the same ideas/plot, situation, and setting. “Forbidden Planet” is not necessarily a reworking of The Tempest, but a loose adaptation creating an allusion or Parallel Universe to Shakespeare’s The Tempest through the characters point of view, the setting/plot, and the theme of power seems to be similar. The Tempest has many similar and different characters including a Father with great amount of power alone on an Island with a daughter, and two slaves. Forbidden Planet has the same ideas, but instead of two slaves he only has one. Prospero the father in The Tempest has similarities with Morbius who is the father in Forbidden Planet. Both of these characters wield a great amount of power and is a father who deeply cares for their daughter. Morbius represents the rational part of our conscious minds, but also the monstrous instincts embodied inside us demonstrated by the Monster Id. Surely Morbius reminds us of Prospero’s speech to Caliban in The Tempest when Prospero says “This Thing of Darkness I/ Acknowledge mines” (5. 1. 275-276). In this line Prospero admits that Calibans negative force is human and consequently constitutes a part of all of us, including Prospero

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