87 pages 2 hours read

Margaret Atwood

Hag-Seed: William Shakespeare's The Tempest Retold

Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2016

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Part 3, Chapters 20-29Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 3: “These Our Actors”

Part 3, Chapter 20 Summary: “Second Assignment: Prisoners and Jailers”

A table of consolidated class results lists “prisoners,” “prisons,” and “jailers” present in The Tempest

Part 3, Chapter 21 Summary: “Prospero’s Goblins”

The date is January 16, 2013. The prisoners review their consolidated class results, which list eight “prisons.” Felix says that there is a ninth that he will tell them about after they’ve performed the play. Felix points out that “where there are prisoners there have to be enforcers” (134). The prisoners study the goblins in the play: “They’re the agents of control, but also they’re the enablers of vengeance and retribution. They do the hands-on dirty work” (135). Each prisoner will play both their character and a goblin. 

Part 3, Chapter 22 Summary: “The Persons of the Play”

The date is January 17, 2013. Felix casts his play and assigns production roles. Now he must figure out how to use the goblins for his second performance: the improvised play with Sal and Tony.