Lesson 1 (from The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream)
The Tempest is a particularly effective story because the wronged duke Prospero brings his enemies to the island and forgives them. The story emphasizes the power of human forgiveness over inhuman revenge.
The objective of this lesson is to examine to moral of forgiveness in The Tempest.
1. For class discussion: As a class, discuss the wrongs committed against Prospero by his enemies. Make a list of specific wrongs, including discussing what he lost in the years following the betrayal. What has Miranda lost as a result of Antonio's conniving? From this list, determine what Antonio likely expects at the hands of his wronged brother. Do students think they would have the fortitude to forgive in Prospero's place?
2. Divide the class into several groups and have each think of a recent popular film that has a distinct good and bad guy: Dark Knight, Toy Story 3, Spiderman...
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