Gonzalo’s Idea of An Eden-like Civilization

Act 2, Scene 1, Discussion

Work Time

At your teacher’s prompting, first review act 1 and then tell what you know about act 2.

During this discussion, clarify for yourself what happened in the first part of act 2, scene 1.

You might want to spend a little time on Gonzalo’s ideas, beginning at line 146.

Discuss the following questions.

  • What is the attitude of Gonzalo about the predicament they find themselves in?
  • What is Alonzo’s greatest concern?
  • Who is making fun of Gonzalo and Adrian?
  • What memory does Gonzalo bring up for Alonso?
  • Who does Sebastian blame for all his misfortunes?