In “Romeo and Juliet,” there’s a climactic fight scene between Mercutio and Tybalt, two men who… had no interaction before that moment? Why exactly are they on such a collision course then? I investigate why in the latest installment of “Shakespeare Themes”.
Shakespeare uses Greek mythology in his plays often, and the references he uses serve to illuminate the overarching themes of the moment – today, I present the myth of the demigod Phaeton, and how it’s used in four different Shakespeare plays.
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A snapshot of the myth of Phaeton: Myth of Phaeton