Writing About a Theme.


Here are a few more things you can do if you're writing about a theme or issue.

Each play has Several Main Themes.

It's worth knowing the main themes in the play you're studying. Here are some for The Tempest and Romeo and Juliet.


  • Family
  • Rivalry
  • Innocence
  • Honour
  • Forbidden Love


  • Fate and Justice
  • Freedom
  • Love
  • Slavery and Service
  • Magic
  • Betrayal and Forgiveness

Look for the Less Obvious bits.

1) As always, it's best to start by making the obvious points.

2) But if you want to do really well with Shakespeare work, you'll need to go into a bit more detail. Try to write something that's not immediately obvious.

e.g. Maybe Prospero himself was only getting what he deserved when he lost his position as Duke of Milan. He admits that


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