I was very intrigued by the idea of some directors making the choice to cast Prospero, originally a male character, as Propsera, a female role. While watching the film version with a female Prospero, I did not feel that it was proper way to treat the role. Like I mentioned in class, Shakespeare did not write Prospero as a mother to figure to Miranda because the mother-daugther relationship was not one of note during Shakespeare’s time. Like I noted in my last blog, the mother-son and father-daughter relationships are the prominent ones in Shakespeare’s works. As we saw in Hamlet, with the relationship between Gertrude and Hamlet, one that was defined by patriarchal undertones and a borderline Oedipal tendencies, was representative of that of Shakespeare’s time. The father-daughter relationship, like that between Polonious and Ophelia and Prospero and Miranda, which is defined by a property bias, where the daughter is owned by her father, was also very prevalent within in Shakespeare’s time. The mother-daughter relationship and father-son relationships were not a societal issue, and Shakespeare did not put as much emphasis on those familial relationships. Therefore, I think it is a mistake and does not does the play justice to make Prospero a female. An intrigal part of the father-daughter relationship is choosing a husband for their daughter, i.e. Fernando for Miranda. Normally, like in the written play, Prospero gives Fernando the fifth degree just like a father would in the time, to make sure that he is getting his moneys worth in the exchange. Having this exchange, is typical, believable and on par with what the audience would be expecting. While watching the film version with a female Prospero, the scene between Fernando, Miranda, and Prospera was not true to what Shakespeare’s society would be. It did not make sense and I feel Prospera came off less motherly and more monstrous. The mother-daughter relationship was less forceful and more of a bond of womanhood. In that scene I feel it is important for the patriarchal tendencies to come through Prospero’s speech to Fernando, as is goes along with the post-colonial aspects of the play. If a mother-daughter relationship is present, the same kind of understanding of the play is not had, and I feel Shakespeare’s message about the privilege of the white, middle class man does not come across as boldly.