For this essay, students will read a quotation below and analyze its meaning in the context of the play. In other words, explain why it is important and what it means in the play as a whole. Students should write 2- pages minimum and may use books and notes. Please be advised that you may not simply replicate answers from websites such as Sparknotes and answers will be checked closely against the internet. Although these websites may inform your understanding of the play, your answers should be your own opinion supported by explanation/examples from The Tempest.
For the essay I have given you two choices for analysis listed below:
Option One: Prospero/a Act 5, Scene 1
“This rough magic I here abjure, and, when I have required Some heavenly music, which even now I do, To work mine end upon their senses that This airy charm is for, I'll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I'll drown my book.”
Option Two: Caliban Act 1, Scene 2
I must eat my dinner. This island’s mine, by Sycorax my mother, Which thou tak’st from me. When thou camest first, Thou strok’dst me, and mad’st much of me; wouldst give me Water with berries in’t; and teach me how To name the bigger light, and how the less, That burn by day and night: and then I lov’d thee And show’d thee all the qualities o’ th’ isle, The fresh springs, brine-pits, barren place, and fertile. Cursed be I that did so!—All the charms Of Sycorax, toads, beetles, bats, light on you! For I am all the subjects that you have,