Evaluating: Prospero's Moral Principles

Evaluating: Prospero's Moral Principles

Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. In this lesson, we will evaluate and cast judgment on whether Prospero is a benevolent or malevolent character in the play, by exploring some of his key moments.


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5 Questions

What has Prospero given up at the end of the play?
his daughter
Correct answer: his magic
Who does Prospero direct his epilogue at?
King Alonso
Correct answer: the audience
What does Shakespeare aim to do with his comedy plays, according to this final passage in the play?
communicate key themes
Correct answer: entertain and please
scare the audience
How has Prospero behaved towards those that have wronged him?
angrily as he is now leaving them on the island
fearfully as he has given up his magic
Correct answer: with forgiveness and reconciliation as they are now travelling home together
How is the play resolved as a comedy?
Caliban is killed
Correct answer: Miranda and Ferdinand are to be married
Prospero gets his revenge

5 Questions

Evaluation is...
Correct answer: making a judgment
to place ideas together, creating a contrast
working out good and bad
Principles are...
a judgment
Correct answer: the foundations of someone's values
what is good or bad about someone
Morals are...
the foundations of someone's values
Correct answer: what makes a person good or bad
when we judge something
Shakespeare's final idea communicated to the audience is...
Prospero is evil
Correct answer: that the audience must judge the characters in the play
that these were true events
We know The Tempest is a comedy because...
Correct answer: Miranda and Ferdinand are to be married
the good characters are happy at the end
they all good home at the end

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UnitEnglish / Shakespearean Comedy - The Tempest