Student Activities for The Tempest
Essential Questions for The Tempest
- What is betrayal, and how is it made worse by a family member?
- When is forgiveness necessary? Are there any instances in which a person should never be forgiven?
- Is revenge ever OK?
- How does one become noble?
- Is life controlled by destiny, or free will?
- What actions can turn a person into an actual monster?
- Can a monster be redeemed?
Thought to be written in 1611, many scholars believe that Shakespeare was inspired by the story of an expedition of the Virginia Company which had been scattered in a storm. Miraculously, the flagship vessel called Sea Venture (sometimes also called the Sea Adventure ) ran aground in Bermuda, and the men aboard the ship were able to regroup and found the island delightful. They made it safely back to the Jamestown colony, and their stories of the mysterious but beautiful island of Bermuda created quite a buzz in the colonies, and in England. The most notable man to survive the voyage was Sir Thomas Gates, the future governor of Virginia. Have students read more on the connection between Bermuda and Jamestown.
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- Types of Shakespeare Plays
- Romeo and Juliet
- Julius Caesar
- Richard III
- King Lear
- The Tempest
- Twelfth Night
- Sonnet 73
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Picture Encyclopedia of Shakespeare Plays
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