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Student Guide to Shakespeare's "The Tempest" (Student Guides) [Paperback]

Matt Simpson
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11 Jun 2004 1871551757 978-1871551754
This is a penetrating and exciting analysis of one of Shakespeare's most elusive plays. This constitutes an entirely fresh approach to The Tempest: that does not apportion blame for what happens on the Island; does not portray human beings as either Angels or Demons; it provides a new point of departure for teachers and students in their appreciation of this play.

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  • Paperback: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwich Exchange Ltd (11 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1871551757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871551754
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.6 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,475,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Matt Simpson is a published poet and critic and former teacher in English literature. He is author of the popular Greenwich Exchange Student Guide to Othello.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning about The Tempest 24 July 2005
Until I read this book I didn't really understand what The Tempest was about, but Matt Simpson has made sense of it all for me. He explains elegantly his interpretation of the meanings of the play and the role of each of Shakespeare's characters within it. He has a most impressive knowledge of the contemporary literature, culture, history etc. and great insight into the thinking of the time (philosophical, sociological, religious, folkloric). He makes excellent use of it all, with a very wide range of absolutely fascinating facts and cross-references, to unravel the complexities of the play. His style is easy and reader-friendly and he shows that great erudition need not be dull and academic but can actually be a 'good read'. There's quite a lot too about what other commentators have said about the play, which is very useful. If you find Shakespeare 'hard' (as I do!) and would like some serious but sympathetic help, I recommend this book.
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