Why Should You Read Shakespeare's "The Tempest"?

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Why should you read a story about a magician, his daughter, a slave, a monster, a sprite, a witch, and a prince? Find out what William Shakespeare's The Tempest all about and why it is still a worthy read, despite being written over 400 years ago, with a short animated video on the play's plot and literary themes.

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Instructional Ideas
  • After watching, ask class members to evaluate whether or not the video presents enough incentive for reading the play
  • Have group research the links provided
  • Pair with a reading of Poe's "Masque of the Red Death"
Classroom Considerations
  • Most appropriate for high school or college-level Shakespeare classes
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Pros
  • Details some of the ambiguities in the play
  • Includes a comprehension check and links to related resources
Cons
  • None