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The Tempest

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.