Creating an Image for The Tempest’s Miranda
One of the major characters in William Shakespeare’s play entitled The Tempest is Miranda, daughter of the magically-gifted Prospero. From the beginning scenes of the play when she was first introduced, Miranda is portrayed as a meek and kindhearted young woman who tried to tell her father to be compassionate to the men who suffered the shipwreck and stop the storm, saying that she have also suffered along with those she saw suffering.
She also possess an appeal of a passive and a clueless girl. Her life had been controlled by her father and even the man she was to marry, Ferdinand, was someone unknowingly handpicked beforehand by her father for her. But despite this, she loved her father very much and each time that she remembers how much her father suffered when he was usurped from his position, she felt pain.
Miranda also epitomized someone that is bold and brave for the man she loves, despite being naïve. When her father wanted to punish Ferdinand, she was brave enough to stand up for her future husband and let her father know that she firmly wants to be with him.
In the interpretation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Miranda must be portrayed by a young, innocent, and virtuous looking woman to fit both her age in the play and the characteristics she possess. Probably, a woman with a long, attractive hair would be best to act on Miranda’s part as such hair style is usually linked to innocence and compassion.
Despite her father being banished to the island, they were still once part of a royal family and her father has magical powers so the clothing of the character should still be elegant. Dark colors like purple or navy blue might probably be the best choice for Miranda’s clothes in the production of the play in order to highlight her sufferings and for innate kindness to glow in actions as they are contrasted by the clothes.
Although, not much accessories or jewelries are needed since the setting of the play is the island. I think limited grand props would also make the relationship of Miranda and Ferdinand purer.
Shakespeare, William. The Tempest. Web. 2010. Retrieved from