Tempestpt1 - “imperial subjects” taking the foreign lands maintaining them as the other and incorporating and imposing their ways over the

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Professor Rhonda Sanford ENGLISH 3573-3 Assignment 9 The new twist on The Tempest The Forbidden Planet directed by Fred M. Wilcox plays off of the colonial trope of Shakespeare’s The Tempest play. The Forbidden Planet provides an interesting twist to the setting where the new territory is in space the final frontier, a space practically uncharted as far as modern exploration is concerned. The mysterious magical force driving Prospero is replaced by science’s ability to create spaceships capable of interstellar travel. In The Tempest Prospero, the magician lives on an isolated island in exile from Milan. He lives with his daughter Miranda, Caliban, and the magical occult figure of Ariel who Prospero controls completely. Other Milanese ships arrive to contribute to the conolial perspective and fueling the fire for post colonial theorists to speculate the
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Unformatted text preview: “imperial subjects” taking the foreign lands maintaining them as the other and incorporating and imposing their ways over the “native” and “savage” ways. The imperial subjects become the Earthmen in The Forbidden Planet , Caliban becomes a monster, and Ariel is a robot. Prospero assumes the role of Edward Morbius who greets the space explorers and tells them that the Earth is not in need of any assistance. This is a witty adaptation and a new and modern look at Shakespeare’s brilliance from the past. To adapt a classic like The Tempest requires close attention to details and a critical eye for the dominating tropes, symbolism, and ideas driving the work. The Forbidden Planet is successful in transplanting most of these concepts and is viewed as one of the seminal works of science fiction....
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course ENGL 3573 taught by Professor Rhsanford during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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Tempestpt1 - “imperial subjects” taking the foreign lands maintaining them as the other and incorporating and imposing their ways over the

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