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The Tempest
The Tempest

Challenges & Opportunities of Teaching The Tempest

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Although The Tempest stands on its own merit as one of the best works in Western literature, the play is often taught as Shakespeare's fond farewell to the stage. It's likely the last play Shakespeare penned (entirely by himself, that is) before retiring to Stratford, and it contains some of the Bard's most self-conscious references to the workings of the theater.

The Tempest also seems to take a sentimental look back on some of the major themes and issues that consumed Shakespeare throughout his career, so it presents the perfect occasion for teachers and students to revisit concepts from some earlier plays: Hamlet (a brother's betrayal and usurpation of political power); A Midsummer Night's Dream (the use of magic); The Winter's Tale (the concept of loss and recovery); As You Like It (characters journeying from court into the wilderness and back); Romeo and Juliet (young love); King Lear (father-daughter relationships and family betrayal).