Examining Characters Behavior

The Epilogue

Opening

Complete a Quick Write in response to the following question.

  • In the epilogue, Prospero asks that he be granted freedom in the lines “But release me from my bands [bonds] / With the help of your good hands” and “As you from crimes would pardon’d be, / Let your indulgence set me free.” Who is free at the end of the play, and who is not?

Open Notebook

Discuss the ending of the play with your small group. Explain which of the characters is happy at the end and why.

Then share with the whole class your ideas, or those from your group, about the ending.

Ask any questions you have about the play.