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- Full Title: Hag-Seed
- When Written: 2016
- Where Written: Canada
- When Published: 2016
- Literary Period: Contemporary
- Genre: Novel
- Setting: Ontario, Canada
- Climax: Felix’s kidnapping of Tony and Sebert during his production of The Tempest
- Antagonist: Tony
- Point of View: Third-person limited
Extra Credit for Hag-Seed
Dirty Words. The novel’s title, Hag-Seed, is in fact a curse word in the original play. Prospero uses the phrase to deride Caliban, calling him the son (seed) of a witch (hag).
Retellings. Atwood’s novel derives from Shakespeare’s play, but he himself likely based the narrative on various poems and reports of colonial exploration that were available to him.