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Julie Taymore´s Film Interpretation of The Tempest by William Shakespeare

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“My View of The Tempest”

William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s final plays and debat-ably his final play ever written, focused on man’s gluttonous desire for power. Power manifests itself in “The Tempest” in many different ways, including the exploration of the power of betrayal, the universal desire for power between men. The power of a mas-ter over his slave, and the power of magic and illusion. Although this is clear, many in-terpretations over time have changed regarding the theme of power, which has resulted in questions as to whether power in the play is represented as good or bad. Shakespeare pre-sents these forms of power in different ways. Namely, through his character Prospero, who was once the duke of Milan but was betrayed by his brother, Antonio, and Alonso, the king of Naples. Prospero was kidnapped and left to die on a raft at sea, but Prospero and his daughter survive because Gonzalo leaves them supplies and Prospero’s books, which are the source of his magic and power. Prospero and his daughter Miranda arrive on an island where Prospero takes control after the witch dies. Also on the island is the spirit, Ariel, and the witch’s son, Caliban. Prospero appears to hold the majority of the power throughout the play.

But in Julie Taymore’s interpretation of “The Tempest” she takes the lead charac-ter Prospero that was originally a man and in her interoperation Prospero becomes Pros-pera a female. She adds a simple tweak that changes the face of the play. Watching the movie you can’t help to notice the change of gender and how the play makes out. But does the role become weak now that it's being playing played by a female? Or a thought that crossed my mind when Shakespeare was neither working writ...

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... thrown back yada yada yada thy all lived happily ever after” I would’ve like to see at least in Julie Taymore interpretation a alternate spiced up ending not the fake happily ever after. As a reader and a movie watcher you’d ask the hard question of “The Tempest “ How would they trust each other on the ship now? It’s an open ending to a good play, which ruined it for me. The ending I feel take away a lot from a play that was really well themed. If the ending had been more clear as to the state of mind of each character where the chain of power stood or even the future plans upon the return to Milan I think the play wouldn’t have me with the satisfac-tion of both the play and the movie. The movie makes you feel this way the most due to the fact you’re not reading and cant imagine things but you’re actually watching the story and it gives you that bad movie ending.
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