Miranda The Tempest Essay Topics

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  1. What do you consider to be engaging about the way Shakespeare represents Prospero? You can either confine yourself to two episodes or explore the whole play.
  2. Consider Act 1 Scene 2 from the line 410 ‘What is’t? A spirit? to the end of the scene. What is the dramatic significance of this episode within the play?
  3. Explore the presentation of Ariel in the play. You can either explore two episodes in detail or explore the whole play.
  4. Consider Act 3 Scene 1 and explore the significance of this scene in the play.
  5. What is Miranda’s function in the play? How does her character help to move the play forward to its resolution?
  6. Explore the presentation of magic and references to the supernatural in the play. You can explore two specific episodes or consider the play as a whole.
  7. Consider the final scene of the play. How appropriate is this as an ending to Shakespeare’s final play?
  8. What do you find interesting about the way magic is used to manipulate and intimidate characters in the play?
  9. How does Shakespeare present the idea of forgiveness at the end of the play
  10. How far do you agree that The Tempest is a play about the use and abuse of power? Consider how Shakespeare dramatises the exercise of power and what the play suggests about the responsibilities of power.
  11. Discuss the role and significance of Caliban in The Tempest. Consider how the character of Caliban is presented, Caliban’s contribution to the themes and dramatic effects of the play.
 

Writing prompts for The Tempest Essay. You must have two peer edits. Draft is due to Ms. Keene on Tuesday November 4. Choose one of the prompts below and write an argument/persuasive/comparative essay. You must use The Tempest as your source and cite passages in support of your argument. Cite the page and line number. Example: (95, 302). 1.

Compare and contrast the powers of Prospero, Caliban and Ariel. What types of power do they possess and how do these powers help to characterize them? Support your essay with citations from the play. 2.

Discuss the power struggles between siblings in the play. What motivations are found for this thirst for power? Support your essay with citations from the play. 3.

Prospero has played many roles during the play: father, sorcerer, friend, creator, and brother. Speculate on how he will conduct himself once in Naples. Support your essay with citations from the play. 4.

Discuss the relationship between Prospero and his two servants, Ariel and Caliban. Support your essay with lines from the play. 5.

Discuss how Pr

ospero’s plan of plotting revenge changes to

granting mercy at the end of the play. Support your essay with citations from the play. 6.

We learn that Prospero and Miranda attempted to civilize Caliban. To what extent did they succeed and/or fail? Support your essay with citations from the play. 7.

Focusing on one or two characters, discuss the role of noise in The Tempest. Support your essay with citations from the play.

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