The following collection of thematically related readings is available in The Tempest and Related Readings in McDougal Littell's Literature Connections series.
"The Tempest" by Norrie Epstein
(from The Friendly Shakespeare, © 1993)
Summary: In this critical essay, Norrie Epstein discusses how Shakespeare develops important themes in the play by calling attention to its theatricality.
Excerpt from A True Reportory of the Wreck and Redemption of Sir Thomas Gates, Knight by William Strachey
(from A Voyage to Virginia in 1609, © 1964)
Summary: Strachey's eyewitness account of a shipwreck in the New World may have been one of the inspirations for Shakespeare's The Tempest.
"The Sire de Malétroit's Door" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Summary: The uncle of a young woman resorts to unusual means to find a husband for her.
"Rappaccini's Daughter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Summary: A young scholar falls in love with a beautiful woman who has been living in isolation with her mysterious father.
"Caliban" by Norrie Epstein
(from The Friendly Shakespeare © 1993)
Summary: In this essay, Epstein discusses recent interpretations of The Tempest that provide a more favorable view of Caliban.
Excerpt from A Tempest by Aimé Césaire, translation © 1985
Summary: This adaptation of Shakespeare's play emphasizes Prospero's colonialist relationship with Caliban and Ariel.
"I Will Come Back" by Pablo Neruda
(from Selected Poems by Pablo Neruda © 1970)
Summary: The speaker of this moving poem reflects on the transitory nature of life and also its timelessness.