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Royal Shakespeare Company Calendar
Royal Shakespeare Company Calendar

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The Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library)
The Tempest (Folger Shakespeare Library)

Teaching Shakespeare
Teaching Shakespeare

The Tempest DVD
The Tempest DVD

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Shakespeare for the classroom, home schoolers, and theme decor.

literature > William Shakespeare > THE TEMPEST < social studies

O wonder!
How many goody creatures
are there here!
How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world,
That has such people in't.
The Tempest was one of Shakespeare's Late Romances, written c. 1611, with a concern for familial ties in a mythical setting.

The idea of a violent storm and shipwreak as a setting for a play is thought to have been inspired by the destruction of a 1609 Virginia Company of London expedition to relieve the colony of Jamestown. The expedition flagship of Sir George Somers wrecked on the islands we now know as Bermuda.

Prospero, a magician and rightful Duke of Milan, was stranded twelve years ago with his then three year old daughter Miranda, on an island.

Prospero's vision that his brother Antonio, who disposed him, is aboard a nearby ship, prompts Prospero to raise a terrible storm (the tempest), wrecking Antonio and his entourage on the island.

Other characters are the sprite Ariel and the demon Caliban.

Miranda and The Tempest Art Print, John William Waterhouse
Miranda and The Tempest
Art Print
John William Waterhouse

Prospero, The Tempest, Giclee Print
The Tempest,
Giclee Print

The Actress Priscilla Horton in the Role of Ariel, Giclee Print
The Actress Priscilla Horton
in the Role of Ariel,
Giclee Print

Caliban, The Tempest, Giclee Print
Caliban, The Tempest,
Giclee Print

Franz Marc

The Tempest Quote, Poster
The Tempest Quote,

“We are such stuff as dreams
are made on, rounded with
a little sleep.”

The Tempest Quote, Poster
The Tempest Quote,

“Misery acquaints a man
with strange bedfellows.”

The Tempest Illustration, Art Print
The Dance of the Nymphs
& the Reapers
, Act 4, Scene I
Illustration by Walter Crane

The Tempest Quote, Art Print
The Tempest Quote,
Art Print

Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
Brave New World

The title of Aldous Huxley's banned 1931 novel Brave New World comes from Shakespeare's Miranda speaking in Act V, Scene I of The Tempest, Act V.

Miranda is amazed by her first sight of other people, after having been marooned on an island almost her entire life. Huxley's novel is about society struggling with the problems brought on by an excess of new and available goods which are suppose to make life easier.

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