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The Tempest Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Tempest

Depending on who you ask, The Tempest is either Shakespeare's final play, one of Shakespeare's final plays, or Shakespeare's final solo effort (he worked on several plays, late in his career, as collaborations with other writers).

The Tempest tells the story of Prospero who, like Shakespeare, is an older man with enormous creative powers approaching the end of his career. Prospero is presented with an opportunity to confront those who wronged him in the past, and restore himself and his daughter to their former positions of privilege and authority--but in doing so he must abandon his sorcery and the world he has created for himself on a mysterious island, far away from the civilized...

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