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How do composers show us the power of varied discoveries to transform lives? Refer to your study of the Tempest and TWO related texts. The process of discovery encompasses the experiences of realising something new, lost or concealed. This can invoke a range of emotions for those involved in the process, often challenging long standing beliefs and ideas possessed by the individual, thus prompting a renewed world view. Composers show us the powers of discovery to transform lives in a variety of ways, through geographical, physical, personal and emotional discoveries, as evident within Shakespeare’s play The Tempest , which explores how the discovery of the hardships of others can influence individuals to alter and transform the way they perceive others and the world around them. The concept of discovery is further explored through Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s comedy travelogue An Idiot Abroad , and Stephen Chbosky’s coming of age novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower , which similarly reveal the transformative nature of discovery, along with discussing the critical role of an individual’s attitudes towards discovery in order to reveal its true transformative potential. Unexpected or unwanted discoveries can have a significant transformative impact upon lives, forcing individuals to reconsider their actions and beliefs. The Storm within Act I of The Tempest operates as a catalyst for discovery, enabling the physical discovery of the island and the upheaval of the natural order. Initially Prospero is vengeful towards Alonso and his “false brother” Antonio, due to their involvement within his usurpation. The storm is not only an example of pathetic fallacy, but also as the disruption in the natural state of being, leading to Boatswain taking the commanding role on board, harshly ordering those who would normally be considered his superiors, to stay out of the way, due to “What cares these roarers for the name of king?” Therefore, the

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