The following post is by Melissa Williams:
Is it me or is Miranda a slave, just like Caliban and Ariel? Prospero has in some ways physically enslaved Caliban and Ariel, but one of his great successes was his ability to have mental dominion over Miranda. He seems to have done so purposely. Because of this she is so naive. When she offered to marry Ferdinand, she also offered to be his servant should marriage plan not work out, which shows her inexperience. Miranda mentioned that other than her father, Ferdinand is the only man she has ever laid eyes on. Ferdinand has had other women but, what about Prospero? Now that there are no women other than his daughter Miranda within reach, does he secretly desire her(sexual cravings are only human)? If not her, is he sexless or interested in the same sex? I found it odd that with all the desire going on( Caliban supposedly trying to rape Miranda, Ferdinand and Miranda being in love with each other) Prospero’s desires for companionship fail to be recognized.