The Tempest - William Shakespeare What with a desert island and sorcery and spirits and a real live monster (Caliban) born of a witch, I'd expected to be more enchanted by this story. To be fair, I'm sure it's a lot more fun to see it performed than to read. I just wasn't all that thrilled with it, and I found some of the passages hard to get through. The language was at times more difficult to understand than some of Shakespeare's other (better) plays.