Close Reading Of Prospero's Lines

Who Is Civilized? Essay


Act 5 will give some resolution to the issues in the play. Before reading it during Lesson 8, continue to plan for your essay using these broad questions.

  • Who is civilized?
  • Who decides what civilization is or how it’s defined?
  • How do we behave toward and acknowledge those whose culture is different from our own?

What has changed in act 4 for the following issues?

  • Freedom versus slavery
  • Civilized behavior versus barbaric behavior
  • Revenge versus forgiveness
  • Power versus weakness

Share some of the lines you would cite to support your ideas about who in the play is civilized.