A comprehensive study guide offering in-depth explanation, essay, and test prep for William Shakespeare's The Tempest, speculated to be one of the last plays he ever wrote as well as the most compressed. As a dramatic work of the early seventeenth century, it has heavy elements of masque, which includes singing, dancing, supernatural machinery, and a general feeling of unreality. Moreover, The Tempest covers themes regarding the soul and the human spirit's capacity for growth. This Bright Notes Study Guide explores the context and history of Shakespeare's classic work, helping students to thoroughly explore the reasons it has stood the literary test of time. Each Bright Notes Study Guide contains: - Introductions to the Author and the Work - Character Summaries - Plot Guides - Section and Chapter Overviews - Test Essay and Study Q&As The Bright Notes Study Guide series offers an in-depth tour of more than 275 classic works of literature, exploring characters, critical commentary, historical background, plots, and themes. This set of study guides encourages readers to dig deeper in their understanding by including essay questions and answers as well as topics for further research.