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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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