The Tempest

In Julie Taymor&#39s version of &#39The Tempest,&#39 the main character is now a woman named Prospera. Going back to the 16th or 17th century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor&#39s version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it&#39s a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda. This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect.
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