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Tempest Resources

Please see the main Tempest page for the complete play with explanatory notes and study questions.

 Examination Questions and Answers on The Tempest
 Themes in The Tempest: Reality, Thought, Imagination
 Forgiveness and Reconciliation in The Tempest
 The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream

 Magic, Books, and the Supernatural in The Tempest
 The Tempest: A Marriage Play?
 Introduction to Prospero
 Introduction to Miranda

 Introduction to Caliban
 Introduction to Ariel
 Introduction to Sycorax
 Staging The Tempest

 The Contrast Between Ariel and Caliban in Shakespeare's Tempest
 The Relationship Between Miranda and Ferdinand
 The Tempest: Stages of Plot Development
 Exploring the Nature of Shakespearean Comedy

 Blank Verse, Prose, and Diction in Shakespeare's Tempest
 How to Pronounce the Names in The Tempest
 The Tempest: Plot Summary

 Famous Quotations from The Tempest
 Shakespeare's Sources for The Tempest
 Shakespeare's Blank Verse
 Top 10 Shakespeare Plays

 Elements of Comedy
 How many plays did Shakespeare write?
 Shakespeare's Attention to Details

 Shakespeare's Portrayals of Sleep
 Quotations About William Shakespeare
 Why Shakespeare is so Important

 Shakespeare's Language
 Shakespeare's Boss: The Master of Revels
 A Midsummer Night's Dream: Exam Questions and Answers

Points to Ponder

Prospero. Illustrated by Charles H. Buchel, 1904 "The Tempest was written as a farewell to art and the artist's life, just before the completion of his forty-ninth year, and everything in the play bespeaks the touch of autumn. The scenery is autumnal throughout, and the time is that of the autumn equinox with its storms and shipwrecks. With noticeable care all the plants named even those occurring merely in similes, are such flowers and fruit, etc., as appear in the fall of the year in a northern landscape. The climate is harsh and northerly in spite of the southern situation of the island and the southern names. Even the utterances of the goddesses, the blessing of Ceres, for example, show that the season is late September thus answering to Shakespeare's time of life and frame of mind." George Brandes. Read on...

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