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 5, Chapter 40-EpilogueChapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 5: “This Thing of Darkness”

Part 5, Chapter 40 Summary: “Last Assignment”

The date is March 15, 2013. Felix sneaks cigarettes into the cast party at the prison. He toasts the prisoners’ successful plays and the security of five more guaranteed years of funding for the program.

Part 5, Chapter 41 Summary: “Team Ariel”

8Handz presents his post-show analysis of his character, Ariel. He notes that Ariel feels sorry for the people he harms on behalf of Prospero—people who deem Ariel unworthy of the same level of empathy. 8Handz imagines that Ariel will use his freedom to fight climate change because he naturally likes to be helpful. 

Part 5, Chapter 42 Summary: “Team Angry Bro Antonio”

SnakeEye presents his post-show analysis of his character, Antonio. SnakeEye characterizes Antonio as fundamentally evil. SnakeEye highlights Prospero’s responsibility in giving Antonio an opportunity to take him down. SnakeEye imagines that on the ship back to Italy, Antonio will kill everyone who stands in his way: King Alonso, Ferdinand, and Prospero. In SnakeEye’s epilogue, Antonio gang rapes Miranda with Caliban and then kills them both.