Shakespeare – The Tempest (1611)
Blog post due – Presentation day: Thursday, May 23
- Group 5: ?
- Group 6: Is Caliban actually the worst character in the play? Isn’t he just following his animal instincts?
Write a post here of two paragraphs (about 200 words) discussing the play. Choose one topic, or make your post a reply to someone else’s post. For the presentations, choose one topic per group. Your presentation must present an opinion or argument; it cannot just summarize the story. E-mail or speak to me before your presentation to have it approved.
- In some ways Prospero acts like a tyrant, ordering Ariel and Caliban and tormenting everyone for his own revenge. Even if no one is hurt, is he a good man?
- Does Miranda stay the same throughout the play, or does she change? How? Are there places where she stands up to her father?
- The play seems different, somehow, from Shakespeare’s earlier plays– or at least the ones we have studied. Do you agree? How is it different?
- Gonzalo makes an interesting point in saying that if he were king of the island, he would make a perfect society with no money or social rank. Why do you think he says this? Is this a good idea?
- Is Caliban pure evil, or are others, such as Prospero, partly to blame for his nature? Is it fair that Stefano and Trinculo get him drunk when he has never seen alcohol before?
- One criticism of the play is that Ferdinand’s courtship of Miranda is “too easy” and lacks tension or drama. Is this true?
- Why aren’t Antonio and Sebastian ever punished, whereas Stefano and Trinculo are humiliated? Is this fair? What does it say about Prospero?
- There has never been a well-known movie version of The Tempest, unlike Shakespeare’s other plays. Do you think there is a reason why?
- Why does Prospero announce that he will give up his magic powers at the end? Is this a good idea when Antonio and Sebastian are still bad people?
- Are there other themes or ideas in the play you think are interesting?