Close Reading Of Prospero's Lines

Response to Prospero?s Speech

Work Time

Taking the perspective of one of the characters, write a brief response to each of the following prompts.

  • Prospero wants to cheer up Ferdinand.
  • The “revels now are ended.”
  • What Ferdinand saw—“this vision, / The cloud-capp’d towers, the gorgeous palaces, / The solemn temples, the great globe itself.”

Open Notebook

Share your responses with your group. Use the following questions to help prepare for a Whole Group Share about these lines.

  • Prospero indicates that Ferdinand is upset. What upsets him?
  • What “revels” are ended?
  • Prospero uses similes to compare the disappearance of the visions to the world around them. Explain the comparisons.
  • When he says “We,” whom does Prospero mean?