Compare And Contrast Pyramus And Thisbe And Romeo And Juliet

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Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet is a famous work of art that contains symbolism t1o emphasize the love between two forbidden lovers. It is praised for being the “greatest love story of all time”. However, complaints about the beloved play has been on the rise. It is often compared to Ovid’s tale, “Pyramus and Thisbe”, due to its various similarities. These are both archetypical stories, but the symbolism shown in both of these tragedies tells a story of its own. We’ll start with what marked the beginning of the story for these lovers, the ancient grudge. In “Pyramus and Thisbe” and Romeo and Juliet, their love was forbidden by their parents. The wall in Ovid’s tale is a symbol for this as it shows how they are separated by family…show more content…
When Juliet didn’t want to marry Paris, she drank a potion that will make her seem dead, so she can run away with Romeo. Juliet states, "Romeo, Romeo, Romeo, I drink to thee" (4.3. 8). Towards the end of the play, Romeo finds Juliet in her tomb and commits suicide because he couldn't imagine a life without her. Romeo says, "Here's to my love! [Drinks.] O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die" (5.3.199-120). In "Pyramus and Thisbe", the lioness tore up the cloak and made her seem dead. When Pyramus showed up, he saw the cloak and assumed she was dead. Pyramus states, "It is I who killed you. Now, you shall drink my blood too"…show more content…
Balthasar states, "I saw her laid low in her kindred's vault and took presently took post to tell you it" (5.1.20-21). In this quote, Balthasar mislead Romeo into thinking his true love is dead because he didn’t fully understand the situation himself. In comparison, the bloody cloak made Pyramus assume Thisbe was killed by the lioness not knowing that Thisbe was still alive, in "Pyramus and Thisbe". The narrator explains, "He lifted up from the trampled dust what was left of the cloak and kissing it again and again carried it to the mulberry tree" (948). Both, Ovid and Shakespeare, based their stories on misleading assumptions because of the evidence that was presented before
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