Difference Between Shakespeare And Romeo And Juliet

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Although Ovid and William Shakespeare were born in very different time periods, they share quite similar stories of love and tragedy in their popular works “Pyramus and Thisbe" and The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Ovid first created his story, “Pyramus and Thisbe”, about the romance between two separated lovers. Then, years later, Shakespeare wrote his play The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, which shows many signs of influence from Ovid. The stories also share various archetypes that shape their tales. For example, the works both contain classical romances with an ending full of tragedy. Also, there are many guiding factors that are the same, such as the communication between the lovers, their misunderstanding, and the inevitable outcome of their…show more content…
In Romeo and Juliet, the main downfall of the two romantics is miscommunication. For instance, Juliet and Romeo did not tell anyone once they were married, and Friar John failed to give Romeo the message of Juliet’s fabricated death. Both are prime representations of miscommunication. Evidence of these main communication errors is shown when Friar John says, “Going to find a barefoot brother out,/ One of our order, to associate me/ Here in this city visiting the sick,/ And finding him, the searchers of the town,/ Suspecting that we both were in a house/ Where the infectious pestilence did reign,/ Sealed up the doors, and would not let us forth,/ So that my speed to Mantua there was stayed” (5.2.5-12). There is no doubt that several more cases could be named as failure to communicate in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, but these are definitely the main two. On that note, in "Pyramus and Thisbe”, their main downfall is because of misunderstanding. For example, when Pyramus sees Thisbe's torn up, blood-soaked cloak, he misunderstands and misinterprets the situation, assuming that Thisbe is dead. The narrator of "Pyramus and Thisbe" states, "Before lay him the bloodstained shreds of the cloak and clear in the dust were the tracks of the lioness. The conclusion was…show more content…
Throughout the stories, there is a looming factor that is changed by the tragic ending, the feud and the mulberry tree. In "Pyramus and Thisbe", the snow white mulberries, that are mentioned in the exposition, change to a dark red after the warm blood of the two lovers splatters upon the fruit. According to the text in "Pyramus and Thisbe", "The blood spurted up over the berries and dyed them a dark red" (948). Later in the story, Ovid states, "The gods were pitiful at the end, and the lover's parents too. The deep red fruit of the mulberry is the everlasting memorial of these true lovers"(949). In both tales, the change is carried from beginning to end, as the tone of the story also changes. The berries from the mulberry tree represent the change in worlds of the characters. Similarly, the horrible feud that begins the tragic story of Romeo and Juliet ends once the “a pair of star crossed lovers take their life." The Prince of Verona states at the end of the woeful play, "See what a scourge is laid upon your hate, / That heaven finds a means to kill your joys with love" (5.3.292-293). The heartbroken families of the two victims of tragic love decide to put away their differences and come together and shared the love of their children. Once the two couples in each work end their lives, a significant symbol also changes in
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