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How does Miranda provide a dramatic effect in The Tempest?

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How does Miranda provide a dramatic effect in The Tempest? There has been uncertainty about Miranda's role in The Tempest as it seems she brings nothing to the play. Miranda is not directly involved in the story of the attempted extirpation of Prospero, nor to the present storyline of Prospero's revenge. However, this is not to say Miranda does not play a significant part in the play. The reader does not meet Miranda until the second scene. There is quite a contrast in this scene from what had been seen in the first scene. The first scene demonstrates a frantic and disturbed atmosphere as the reader sees the passengers of the ship panic and horror as their ship seems to sink. ...read more.

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However, Miranda is seen by the readers in a different light when she first meets Ferdinand in the same scene. She is very forward with him and falls for him instantly. The next time we meet them both is in the first scene of act three. Miranda offers to carry the logs for Ferdinand, which shows she is not shy and is not afraid to do more 'masculine' duties. When Ferdinand asks Miranda what her name, Miranda says it straight away without any hesitation, despite the fact her father has forbidden her to do so. Prospero comes across as a Jekyll and Hyde character. He is obviously very bitter and resentful against his brother Antonio because of what he did to him. ...read more.

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If it was not his fault at all he would have killed Antonio and everyone else who went against him. Miranda and Ferdinand are also used to provide a happy ending to the play. The Tempest is a comedy play, not a tragedy, and Shakespeare's comedy plays typically end in a wedding. In conclusion, Miranda does not provide a vital part to the general storyline of The Tempest. However, she provides a calming influence, as well as a side of Prospero which would have not otherwise been seen. Without her The Tempest would be a completely different play full of drunken, resentful and ill-mannered men. It would have been a tale of family feuds and grudges between men, and more of an action tale than a story of romance and disputes being solved. ...read more.

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