Objective: The initial scene of The Tempest sets up a number of different things for the play. The storm, or tempest, serves as the core motif that characterizes the different relationships and the plot as the play progresses. The objective of this lesson is to discuss the significance of the storm in the opening scene.
1) For class discussion: Was the storm a good way to open the play? What does it do for the plot? The audience? How is the storm an effective metaphor?
2) Have each student write a list of other tempest-like occurrences that could have been used in place of the storm. Do the other instances have the same dramatic effect as the storm?
3) For homework. Has there ever been an event in your life that figuratively mirrored a storm like that in the play's opening scene? A family member's life? A friend's life? Write...
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