Miranda in The Tempest: Traits & Character Analysis

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  • 0:01 Introducing Miranda
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Instructor: Shamekia Thomas

Shamekia has taught English at the secondary level and has her doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Miranda is the daughter of Prospero, the protagonist in William Shakespeare's play 'The Tempest.' She is loyal to her father and does whatever he says. Learn more about Miranda in this lesson.

Introducing Miranda

Imagine growing up as a female in a remote area with only your father and his servant as your company. Determining what it means to be a woman might prove difficult to understand. Learning to navigate life and the world might prove to be a challenge. In William Shakespeare's final play The Tempest, Miranda, the young daughter of Prospero, grows up and matures on a deserted island. Despite her lack of contact with people, Miranda is able to marry and to mature into a respectable woman.

Character Analysis

Miranda is the young daughter of Prospero. Miranda has spent 12 years of her life (she is now around 15 years of age) on a deserted island with her father and his servant, Caliban. Miranda is a naïve but charming girl who is innocent and timid, yet strong when necessary. She immediately falls in love with the first new man she sees on the island, Ferdinand. She states,

'I might call him
A thing divine
For nothing so natural
I ever saw so noble
' (Act 1, Scene 2, line 21)

She is surprised, yet happy to have met someone she never could have imagined existed. Towards the end of the play, Miranda's love for Ferdinand helps end the contention between Prospero (her father) and the King of Naples (Ferdinand's father).

Despite her naive nature, at times Miranda is strong and speaks up for herself. She stands up to her father regarding her love for Ferdinand. She states,

'My affections are then most humble. I have no ambition to see a goodlier man' (Act 1, Scene 2, line 28)

She also stands up to Ferdinand and tells him,

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