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The Tempest &

Shakespeare & Atwood

Resonances & Dissonances

There are many clear parallels between The Tempest and Hag-Seed, especially among the characters and major plot points. This pattern of characterisation is a significant resonance and therefore demonstrates the enduring relevance of Shakespeare’s original text and its themes. 

Your understanding of the specific resonances and dissonances will however be largely informed by your own understanding of the texts’ use of language and their contexts. 

Nonetheless, some common ideas that students explore in their body paragraphs, and that you may find inspiration from, are as follows: Imprisonment, grief, power and vengeance.

The Tempest


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