The Tempest: Study Guide for GCSE English Literature

Suitable for: AQA, Edexcel

On the surface, The Tempest is a story of revenge, but underneath it is a tale of atonement, forgiveness and reconciliation. Explore Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, its complex characters and ever-relevant themes, with detailed notes, essential quotations and varied activities, sure to expand and develop your students understanding.

  1. Walkthrough – Build understanding of the chosen text with insightful and relevant commentary and analysis. All scenes are concisely summarised, then examined in detail.
  2. Whole-text Analysis – Explores: Characterisation • Relationships • Setting • Themes • Ideas and Messages • Language • Form • Structure • Context


  • Student-friendly plot summary
  • Key term glossary
  • Further reading
  • Original illustrations

Woven into the analysis throughout you will find:

  • Discussion prompts to encourage debate and individual interpretation
  • Active learning tasks to deepen understanding
  • Extended essay questions for excellent exam practice
  • Key term definitions to ensure students grasp difficult concepts

Suggested answers are provided for questions and activities.