How far do you agree that the weather conditions related to the turmoil within Pericles? How does it  affect the lives of different characters?

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In Pericles, Prince of Tyre, the weather mostly affects Pericles himself. We see in the play that the weather plays a major role in Pericles' life and makes him have to make really hard decisions. Gower, the off screen narrator of the play, tells us the story of Pericles. 

The story starts in Antioch, where the king, Antiochus is having an incestuous relationship with his daughter. He agrees to let her get married, if her suitors can answer a riddle. None can answer the riddle, but Pericles figures out the answer. He doesn't give the right answer, because the answer will reveal the relationship between the king and his daughter. Pericles fears the king has figured out the he knows the truth so he goes back to Tyre. While there he fears the king is going to have him killed, so he goes to Tarsus. King Cleoro and his wife, Dion are in the middle of a famine. Pericles brings corn to them and helps save their kingdom. He soon leaves and is shipwrecked in Pentapolo. There he meets King Simonides and marries his daughter, Thaisa. He and Thaisa and a nurse leave for Tyre, and once again are ravaged by a storm at sea, which leads to the real twists in the story.

The weather is a major factor in the choices Pericles has to make. We see that King Cleoro and Dion are affected by the weather. They are in the middle of a famine, which is caused by the weather. Pericles helps them recover. The storms at sea affect Pericles in two different ways. The first brings him to the love of his life, the second he thinks causes him to lose his love and daughter. Even King Antiochus and his daughter are affected by the weather. Pericles learns that the two were killed by a fire from heaven. So you can see that the characters are all affected by the weather, but none more so that Pericles.  

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