Examining Characters Actions & Persona

Examining Characters Actions & Persona

Who Is Enslaved?

Opening

Complete a Quick Write in response to the following question.

  • Besides Ariel and Caliban, who else in the play has been held captive or enslaved?

Open Notebook

Share your response with a partner. Make a joint list of the characters you consider to be enslaved.

Then share your list with your classmates. Discuss the ways each of the characters listed is enslaved or held captive.

Act 5

Work Time

Read and annotate act 5 with your group.

Choose from the following options to decide how your group wants to proceed.

  • Take turns, changing the reader periodically.
  • Have one or two able readers read for your group.
  • Pause your reading periodically to discuss what happened.

Keep your voices soft so as not to bother the other groups.

Act 5 Summary

Work Time

Work with your group to summarize the action of act 5. Record answers to the following questions. Each person in the group is responsible for recording answers.

  • How does Ariel describe the emotional states of the group of noblemen (Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, and the others)?
  • How does Prospero initially comfort Alonso, who believes he has lost his son?
  • What is Prospero’s attitude toward Sebastian and Antonio?
  • What has happened to the crewmen of the ship?
  • How does Prospero treat Stephano and Trinculo?

Open Notebook

The Hot Seat

Work Time

Participate in the Hot Seat activity.

  • If called on, take the hot seat as one of the characters from The Tempest . Other students will ask you questions about your behavior and motives. You must answer the questions honestly.
  • If you’re not in the hot seat, be prepared to ask questions of the characters.

The Ending

Work Time

Look back at act 5.

  • Use this time to talk through the final action in the play with your classmates.

Who Is Treated Most Unfairly?

Closing

Complete a Quick Write in response to the following question.

  • Which one character in the play has been most oppressed and treated most unfairly?

Open Notebook

You will share your response during Lesson 9.