The Tempest

The Tempest, a play by William Shakespeare (1611). An elaborate blend of comedy, drama, and fantasy, it is set on an enchanted island where Prospero, rightful duke of Milan, has lived since being usurped by his brother Antonio. Using his magical powers, Prospero conjures up a storm that forces Antonio and his companions onto the island, paving the way for an ingenious reconciliation. The word sea-change meaning a change caused by the sea, and figuratively, a major transformation, comes from Act 1, scene ii of this play: “Nothing of him that doth face, but doth suffer a sea-change into something rich and strange.”

–Encarta Wold English Dictionary

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