Objective: Act 1, Scene 1 The first scene of the play introduces us to a landscape that is part allegorical, but it is still a historical landscape as well, with a history that is particular to the region. This lesson discusses the history of the West Indies.
1. Class discussion. Discuss instances in the play where the West Indies' colonial history is apparent. What political structures are in place? Who has power? Who has had power? How has that authority been justified? What racial or cultural reasons have been used as the basis for claims to power?
2. Small group discussion. Ask students to work together in groups to determine the effects on different groups of the styles of government imported by colonial powers. Where is there evidence of the colonial history and the struggles between colonial powers? Where is there evidence of the struggles between natives and slaves? Natives and...
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