Using Mythology to Explain Natural Phenomena 1996 Adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Attempting to explain natural phenomena of the world, man turned to mythology in order to gain such understanding. Mythology granted stability to cultures by fostering a shared set of perspectives, values, history, and literature through stories. When creating these stories, man credited many supernatural deities with controlling various aspects of the world, even the thread of human life. Because deities seemingly possessed all control over man and his future, man’s ability to act on his own will was considered worthless. The playwright William Shakespeare addressed this concern in his play Romeo and Juliet, which tells the tragedy of two star-crossed lovers whose deaths reconcile their feuding families. Even today, many cultures still pose the great question—who or what holds the ultimate power? In William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, director Baz Luhrmann’s use of setting conveys how the tension between free will and fate advances the film’s plot. Particularly, the pub, the church, and a crime scene emphasize how this tension leads two teenage lovers to their inevitable deaths. In the 1996 adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Luhrmann portrays the tension between free will and fate as Montagues Romeo and Benvolio converse in a pub. When questioning Romeo about his recent depression, Benvolio discovers that it stems from his unrequited love for Rosaline, a Capulet niece. By placing this conversation in a pub with a pool table, Luhrmann evokes the idea of

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