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Explore Themes Development in 'The Tempest'

In this worksheet, students will explore how key themes develop in 'The Tempest'.

'Explore Themes Development in 'The Tempest'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Year:  GCSE

GCSE Subjects:   English Literature

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Pearson Edexcel,

Curriculum topic:   Shakespeare

Curriculum subtopic:   The Tempest

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Explore how Key Themes Develop in 'The Tempest'



In the exam, you might be asked to comment on the presentation of a theme in an extract from the play. You will then be expected to consider the same theme in the play as a whole.

It is important that you know the play well enough to be able to choose relevant parts of the text where these themes are explored by Shakespeare. You will also be expected to demonstrate an awareness of how each theme develops throughout the course of the play.


To receive the best marks, you will need to:

- show a very good understanding of how the themes in the play are affected by the context in which Shakespeare was writing

- analyse the writer's choices of language, structure and dramatic devices and comment on their effect on the audience.


You should always refer to your own text when working through these examples. These quotations are for reference only.

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