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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 Shakespeares 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 Clarkes 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 doesnt 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 mans 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 uninhabited save for an evil monster and her son Caliban and which is in a state of primal chaos Using the magical powers he has cultivated all his life Prospero gradually brings the forces of nature on the island under his control and manages to somehow enslave Caliban whose mother has died in the interim Some of these details are fuzzy because I am familiar with The Tempest only through Marx A group of sailors is shipwrecked
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