For this play, a sort of romantic fantasy, we needed a wide variety of costumes for the extraordinary characters who appear. Caliban, the child of a witch, stands for earthiness, while the sprite, Ariel, represents air. We got a delicate-looking costume that expressed innocence, for Miranda. We also made costumes for the goddesses who appear in the ceremonial masque performance. As you can see, the costumes from previous performances were put to good use in portraying the various other characters in the play. Prospero's staff is made of real wood because he must break it when he renounces magic.
Caliban: You taught me language, and my profit
Is, I know how to curse. The red plague rid you
For learning me your language. (1.2.365-7)
Ariel: Full fathom five thy father lies,
Of his bones are coral made,
Those are pearls that were his eyes;
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea change
Into something rich and strange. (1.2.395-401)
Prospero: We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. (4.1.156-58)
Miranda: O wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here.
How beauteous mankind is. O brave new world
That has such people in 't! (5.1.181-84)
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