The Tempest: Act II

Contributor: Emily Love. Lesson ID: 10704

The Tempest presents different views of government in Act II. Explore these along with other issues of human nature as you read historical articles, analyze scenes, and explore character development.


Literary Studies

learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


American essayist and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The less government we have, the better."

  • Do you agree or disagree?

Explain your answer. Read on to think about what Shakespeare might have said.

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Shakespeare frequently addressed the issue of government in his works. However, he had to be careful because he did not have complete freedom to share his opinions as an artist.

Read these two articles (belwow) about life in Shakespeare's England. Each article presents different information about life in Shakespeare's time, but they also have some similarities.

In order to compare and contrast the two articles, use the Graphic Organizer - Venn Diagram, found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar. Your notes should be focused on Elizabethan England's governmental powers and how Shakespeare's artistry was affected. Remember, the center where the two circles overlap is for the similarities.

When you have gathered and compared the information, continue on to the Got It? section to analyze the political climate of Shakespeare's time.

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