The Tempest – Miranda as a teenager
?The Tempest Essay: Miranda as a teenager In The Tempest by William Shakespeare, Miranda was just a teenager! We know this because she and her father Prospero have been living on the island for twelve years and she was about 3 years old when they became stranded on this island. So with this, Miranda is about 15 years old around the same age as I am currently. As a teenage heroine, Miranda is mature, kindhearted and responsible.
And although, this story takes place during a time where a young ladies character was expected to be meek and quiet, I believe with these qualities, Miranda also displayed additional qualities of a modern, contemporary young woman. Such examples of Miranda modern approach is demonstrated in Act III, scene 1 of Miranda’s marriage proposal to Ferdinand: “I am your wife, if you will marry me; / If not, I’ll die your maid” (III. i. 83–84), as well as her scolding speech to Caliban in Act I, scene ii, as Miranda is willing to speak up for herself about her sexuality.
A lot is spoken concerning Miranda’s virginity and I believe it is a symbol of the power of a young lady. As well, I believe that for Prosperos, it is a valuable asset to reap and restore Miranda’s rightful place as an adult, thus it holds a promise of a new beginning for both she and Prosperos. And although Miranda does not choose her own husband because unknown to her Prosperos sends Ariel to lead Ferdinand toward a chance meeting with Miranda so the two will meet and fall in love.
This too shows the maturity in Miranda as a mere teenager as she is eager to fall in love, like all girls at that age. Perhaps this is most likely enhanced since she was raised without a mother or other female role model to emulate. In addition, as all teenagers can be a little rebellious and questions things, I see Miranda as trusting of her father but demonstrates a rebellious act as she questions Prosperos in Act 1, scene 2, if he is responsible for the tempest and the destruction of a ship, and pleads that he stop it if he is.
She is sure all aboard the ship may have drowned and wishes she could have done something. Therefore, in the absence of any other female characters, Miranda has learned to exert her power and will not be a passive victim of consequence. Miranda is gullible in a sense because she has lived almost all of her life on the island, separated from society. As a giddy teenager, she falls immediately in love with Ferdinand, the first civilized man she has ever met besides her father. Yet, Miranda has been educated well at the hands of Prosperos.
When she and Ferdinand play chess, Miranda believes that Ferdinand is cheating. When he denies it, Miranda is wise to be suspicious yet forgiving, saying “Yet for a thousand kingdoms, you should wrangle. ” Miranda is unsure and tests Ferdinand to see how he will react. As such she has learned to be playful yet cautious. She does not want to be defeated as they play but, even more, she does not want to be deceived. Miranda is eager to learn about the game that is love, so as to not be outmaneuvered in love. ” A wise and mature teenager, who does not want to get her heart broken.