The Tempest, By William Shakespeare

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On first glance, Forbidden Planet can easily be seen to parallel many other

works relating to technology, nature, or both. One of the most obvious

parallels is, of course, to Shakespeare 's The Tempest, the story of a man

stranded on an island which he has single-handedly brought under his control

through the use of magic. Indeed, the characters, plot, and lesson of Forbidden

Planet mirror almost exactly those of The Tempest, with the exception that where

The Tempest employs magic, Forbidden Planet utilizes technology. At this point,

it is useful to recall one of Arthur C. Clarke 's more famous ideas, which is

that any technology, when sufficiently advanced, is indistinguishable from magic.

Indeed, the technology presented in Forbidden Planet is not meant to be

understood by the audience, but rather is, for all intents and purposes, magic.

This is undoubtedly in part because the technology doesn 't exist and therefore

cannot be explained to us. What is more important, however, is that how the

technology works is irrelevant for the purpose of the movie, which is to

entertain and to teach us a lesson about man 's control over the elements and

over his own technological creations.

At this point a brief synopsis of the movie would seem to be in order,

with special attention as to how it relates to The Tempest.

In The Tempest, a man named Prospero and his daughter Miranda have been

exiled to a remote island which is completely
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